Sermon Summary, April 3, 2016
By Meghann K. Humphreys
Thomas is our twin…or vice versa. Whatever the order, we find ourselves in that role of doubting instead of accepting that Christ is standing before us in all his glory.
Mother Mary asked what would we do if we were Thomas. Would we ask to touch the wounds of Jesus? (No. Not even with rubber gloves. That’s my answer. Yuck. At that point, I would be willing to take Jesus at his word.) Jesus stood before Thomas and the disciples and showed that he was back – flesh and bones and a little hungry.
Of course, the point to be made with all of this is that the disciples transitioned from being a group who despondently abandoned the tomb to a group that willingly risked their lives to tell a truly amazing story. There was celebration of the resurrection that we must continue even now. We do it to some extent in the recitation of the Nicene Creed and our Baptismal vows. Those words confirm our belief in the resurrection.
Christianity now is still in a fight for its life. We pull away from God more and more each day. What part do we play? Do our hands and feet commit to what it says? Have we died in Christ to become new in mind, spirit, and body?
In closing, let us consider the quotation from Makoto Fujimura that Mother Mary shared with us on Sunday:
“Some say that such “resurrection” is one’s memory of the disciples’ desire to speak of Christ, to continue to remember him. To me, the Resurrection is a physical imposition, not merely a psychological recognition. Christ’s sacred reality invaded ours, embedded in the abundant physical reality. The Resurrection is a new generative paradigm, full of the aroma of Christ, that replaces the old limited-resource reality. Our limited minds and perceptions cannot see yet the fullness of that reality.”