John 20:19-31 – 2nd Sunday of Easter â€“ for April 12, 2015
â€œAfter eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with themâ€¦â€ (John 20:26)
Why canâ€™t I ignore the disciple Thomas?
Each year, when reading the scripture for Lent, and then plunging into the intense, familiar verses about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, I rarely think about Thomas. Indeed, with a few exceptionsâ€”Peterâ€™s bumbling betrayals, Judasâ€™ fatal schemingâ€”Iâ€™m hugely focused on Jesus.
Of course I am!
The scope of Jesusâ€™ ministry expanded when he arrived in Jerusalem for his final visit. His disciples drank too much at â€œthe last supperâ€ and spent part of the night asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane, physically in a stupor when Jesus prayed and collectively helpless at his arrest. Then, and elsewhere, his devoted followers barely mattered. Soon enough, they’d literally vanish, cowards or clever or both. But what matters in all the Gospel accounts, with the cross looming and Jesusâ€™ crowd-pleasing teaching and healing a distant memory, are the manipulations of the entrenched religious authorities and the raw power of the Roman empire.
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