Wonderful Easter Message Delivered This Week at All Saints…
Last Sunday was the second Sunday of Easter, and the Gospel told the memorable story of the risen Jesus appearing to the disciples in a closed room. But Thomas the disciple was not there and was skeptical when told of the miraculous event. He doubted and needed proof which he got, putting his hands in the nail holes in Jesus’s hands. Jesus told him, “Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
In her sermon, Rev. Elizabeth emphasized “Light needs darkness in which to shine. Faith needs doubt in which to grow.” Underlining the value of doubt that is examined, she quoted C.S. Lewis: “If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt. If doubt is eventually justified, we were believing what clearly was not worth believing. But if doubt is answered, our faith has grown stronger. It knows God more certainly and it can enjoy God more deeply.” So, the doubt Thomas felt can be positive, and the proof that Jesus lives we can find in our hearts and our lives.
Submitted by Patrick Gossage