April 19, 2020
Second Sunday of Easter A
Fr. Ed Smith
Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
Most of probably, at one time or another, find ourselves putting people into ‘boxes’ that seem to clearly describe who they are. Perhaps we say that ‘this person is liberal’, or ‘that one is conservative’, maybe ‘another is extroverted’ and ‘this other one is unfriendly’. These designations satisfy a need to define everything and everyone in simple terms. But they are never accurate. We are more than one thing. We are certainly much more than only one word. Today’s Gospel presents us with someone who has been called too many times “Doubting Thomas” because he needed to see Jesus in the flesh after the resurrection. But is this truly ‘doubt’, or is it something much deeper? Is it not an honest search for faith in something almost unbelievable? It seems that Thomas does what many of us need to do at times: explore the truth of his faith; see if it makes sense; ask the hard questions; be willing to listen to God’s response. And what does Thomas discover? That Jesus is his Lord and his God. That the work of Jesus is part of our life, and not just up in heaven, far away. That the word of God can be trusted, embraced, and shared. So we continue our celebration of Easter with a Gospel about growing up in our faith. Thomas stands before Jesus, realizes that the Lord is risen from the dead, hears His voice, and proclaims: “My Lord and my God!” He teaches us not to be afraid to ask questions, to explore our faith, to come to Jesus, and to be ready to listen to Him. When we do this, we just might find what we were looking for, and much, much more!