Thomas Sunday (2012)

“The Church refers to the hesitant apostle as ‘Doubting Thomas,’ the unbeliever, and it is significant that it commemorates him specifically the first week after Pascha, calling it ‘Thomas Sunday’. For of course, it reminds us not only about Thomas, but about each person, about humanity. My Lord, what a desert of fear, of mindlessness, and of suffering has mankind produced with all of its progress and all of its synthetic happiness! It has reached the moon, it has overcome distances, has conquered nature, yet it seems that no words of Holy Scripture so well express the state of the world as ‘the whole creation has been groaning in travail’ (Rom 8:22). It truly groans and suffers, and in the midst of the suffering resounds that proud and senseless and fearful declaration: ‘If I do not see, I will not believe.’ But Christ had pity on Thomas and came to him and said: ‘Put our finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing’ (Jn 20:27). And Thomas fell before him on his knees and exclaimed: ‘My Lord and my God!’ (Jn 20:28). It was the end of his pride, his self-assurance, his self-satisfaction: I am not gullible like all of you, you can’t fool me. He yielded, he believed, he gave himself – and in that instant he achieved that freedom, that happiness and joy, those very things for which he refused simply to believe, expecting proofs.” (Alexander Schmemann, O Death Where is Thy Sting?, pgs. 67-69)