5/5/19 – recognizing what is

Posted on : May 2nd, 2019 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Joan Chittister, a professed sister in the Benedictine Order of the Roman Catholic tradition, is a great social activist and contemporary theologian.  She tells this story which is from “Living the Rule of St. Benedict.”

“Once upon a time, the story goes, a preacher ran through the streets of the city shouting, ‘We must put God into our lives. We must put God into our lives.’ And hearing him, the old monastic rose up in the city plaza to say, ‘No, sir, you are wrong. You see, God is already in our lives. Our task is simply to recognize that.” 

This Sunday we will look at the second half of the resurrection appearance story from the Gospel of John, the famous story about “Doubting Thomas.”  Over the years I’ve come to believe this story is really about Thomas owning and rising above his own self doubt.

Too often, we’re like the preacher running through the streets of the city shouting, “We must put God into our lives!”  But Jesus says, “God is already in our lives.  Our task is simply to recognize that.”

Easter Blessings as we keep rising and recognizing what already is.


John 20: 24-31

The risen Christ appears to Thomas

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with the other disciples when Jesus came to them. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Savior.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Savior 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.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Child of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.


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