Acts 5:27-32 (Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150); Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31
Acts 4:32-35 (Psalm 133); 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31
Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
The disciples are afraid, so they lock their doors. I do the same.
"We are witnesses to these things," said Peter. Yet as the gospel for the second Sunday of Easter opens, "these things" do not include Jesus' resurrection. That morning Peter had seen an empty tomb with some scattered linens. He had witnessed absence, not resurrection. At that point, he had not even witnessed Jesus' death—he had missed his chance. Yet soon Peter becomes one of the boldest and most powerful of witnesses to Jesus' message, death and resurrection. Clearly something happened.
Experiencing God as darkness makes determining how to walk in the light less certain than we might suspect or desire.
Here’s how I came to know the real Cousin Thomas.
When I was in grad school, my family moved into an apartment in South Chicago. When we saw that the door of the apartment had four locks, we wondered why we needed so many. I soon discovered that the benefit was mostly emotional. When we got inside at night, after being worried about whatever, we could shut the door on the world and turn lots of little levers. “Click, click, click.” I think of that door when I’m listening to people describe how they cope with their fears.
The disciples locked in the room need help in practicing resurrection.
Mary can’t experience the resurrected Jesus for the disciples, and the disciples can’t experience Jesus for Thomas.