O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and pr
aise for ever and ever. Amen. Collect for Tuesday in Easter Week
Have you had a nap yet, preachers? I haven't, at least not a long one, because I spent Easter afternoon at a homeless ministry and Easter Monday doing taxes and other assorted and put-off-until-after-Easter-tasks. Nonetheless, it's time to start thinking about what comes next. For many of us it will be "low Sunday." I mean, after showing up on Palm Sunday and Easter, folks need a day off, right? (snark off).
After all the excitement of the empty tomb, this week we get John's version of Pentecost and good ol' Doubting Thomas. Thomas gets a bum rap in my book; I think his reaction is exactly what many of us would feel in his place, and in fact, may feel now. Show me the evidence. It's actually a great springboard for a discussion of faith and doubt and belief and unbelief if we can get beyond the overfamiliarity with the story.
If Thomas is old hat, you might choose Acts, where the apostles are hauled in front of the authorities because they have "filled Jerusalem with [Jesus'] teaching." Would we supply such strength of conviction today? Or perhaps you're inspired by the opening verses of the Revelation to John. Is an Eastertide series on Revelation or Acts in your future?
Readings found here or here