Thomas Sunday

    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (HTML format)
    • 1998
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (HTML format)
    • Saint Thomas Sunday
      1998
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    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • 2008-05-04
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • 2009-04-26
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (HTML format)
    • Saint Thomas Sunday
      Realism About The Resurrection
      2010-04-11
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      SYNOPSIS:Of all the resurrection stories, perhaps the one concerning St Thomas is the one we can most relate to. He is the "common man", who was later able to do uncommon things. We are just like him, so our path of life must also be like his, which is the Christian life in microcosm. He, like us, was a complex indivicdual, believing, then faint of heart, couargeous, then full of fear. The one thing that he did that we must do to be saved is to endure, and "believe in the midst of our unbelief". If we do this, we are not far away from the supernatural exploits of St Thomas, the Apostle.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (HTML format)
    • Why Are The Altar Doors Open On Pascha
      When Are They Closed What Does It Mean
      2011-04-30
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      SYNOPSIS:Five minutes in between Vespers and Matins at the Vigil for Thomas Sunday about the closing of the altar doors, which have been open all of Bright week. There is profound and sobering symbolism concering the closing of the doors which we should understand.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (HTML format)
    • Thomas Sunday
      Believing Disbelief Is The Most Important Part Of The Story
      John 20-19-31
      2011-05-01
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      SYNOPSIS:There are several important parts to the story of the encounter of the Apostle Thomas with the risen Lord, such as why the first words Jesus spoke to the assembled apostles were "Peace be unto you", the promise of the sending of the Holy Spirit and the power that Jesus gave to His Apostles to remit sins. The most important gleaning from the reading is none of these, but is understood in the blunder of St Thomas, and his subsequent behavior, which led to his full enlightenment, and gave him the privilege to be the first to proclaim in the scripture that Jesus is fully God and man. We are all much like Thomas in his mistakes; let us also investigate his great virtue, which the church calls "believing disbelief", without which, scarcely one would be saved.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Thomas Sunday
      Always Stay Close To Christ No Matter What The Understanding Says
      John 20-19-31
      2012-04-22
      SYNOPSIS:The story of the "unbelieving disbelief" of Thomas, always read on the Sunday after Pascha, and also several other times during the year has one core message that applies to every human being. We look at this, and the only reason Thomas stayed with the Apostles through the eighth day, when He saw Christ - love. Without love, and the actions of Thomas replicated in *our* lives the resurrection will be of no good effect for us. the Christology and theology in this selection is deep and important, but the example which we must learn is of even higher importance.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Thomas Sunday
      Thomas Is Just Like Us
      John 20-19-31
      2013-05-12
      SYNOPSIS:The Apostle Thomas is a perfect example of how we are, deep inside. We have doubts, problems, unresolved issues. We must follow his example to resolve all these problems. We also talk about the closing of the doors in the altar on Bright Saturday night, and what it means. It is VERY related to the story of Thomas, which must become our story if we are to be saved.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Exegesis Of Epistle For Thomas Sunday Do Something
      Acts 5-12-20
      2014-04-26
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Acts 5:12-20., with a twist. An additional reflection os posted at the end of the homily. It is a reaction to good advice given to me after I gave the homily.It takes courage to be a Christian, and that without courage you cannot be a Christian. This is an absolute statement, and is true, but is very difficult for many to bear, and must be qualified. Courage, forgiveness, chastity and many other virtues all have absolutes associated with them - some directly from the mouth of Jesus, but the reaching of these absolutes happens in stages. This reflection is meant to be an encouragement and call to arms for the weak among us - that is everyone.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Thomas Sunday
      Love With Perseverance Fixes Everything
      John 20-19-31
      2014-04-27
      SYNOPSIS:We explain why Thomas Sunday is the most important day of the year. For Thomas, it certainly was, as the full effect of the resurrection was manifested to him on that day, and we are much like Thomas, with our "stupid human tricks" The fervent love and perseverance of Thomas saved him from his doubts and despair, and so it can be for us. We must learn to emulate the virtues of Thomas, so that the resurrection will not be a yearly commemoration, but an ongoing transformation in our life; this will fix everything, even though it may take a lot of time. Critical to our change over time, even in the midst of our weakness, passions, ignorance and "stupid human tricks" is that we learn how to love and persevere.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Thomas
      Doors Were Shut Peace Be Unto You
      John 20-19-31
      2015-04-19
      SYNOPSIS:This homily does not mention the Apostle Thomas very much, but it is all about him, and you and me. We discuss the comforting spiritual implications of Jesus visiting the frightened apostles by going to them even thought the doors were shut. We also discuss why His initial greeting "Peace be unto you", the most appropriate greeting, and appreciate the command given in the second greeting, which was also about peace. In the midst of our discussion we talk about the sadness and inevitability of closing the doors of the iconostasis on Bright Friday after they have been open all week. Homily for Thomas Sunday, 2015
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Thomas Sunday
      Be Not Faithless But Believing
      John 20-19-31
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:An exegesis of 10 aspects of the Gospel account of John about Thomas and his encounter with the risen Christ. There is a little bit of everything here, but the most important part is: what will we do with our lives because of the resurrection? Jesus tells Thomas and us: "Be not faithless, but believing". There is also much about Christology, the authority of the church, confession, the reason for the priesthood, the purpose of life and what salvation is, and in general, more practical theology in 20 minutes than you will hear on any talk radio station!



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