This is often called Low Sunday, not because it is particularly a low point, simply because of the contrast from the previous week of uniquely emotional and engaging liturgies.
In some communities, it is also a Sunday with low attendance for various reasons.
It is also the Sunday when we traditionally read the story of Thomas. After a Sunday of proclaiming this remarkable miracle of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and the joy and proclamation and song that goes with it, now we get down to the hard question. Do we really believe this? Many Anglicans agree that Thomas gets a bad rap, that his response is reasonable. How do you preach about Thomas?
I am particularly drawn to the first part of this reading:
- “Peace be with you”
- “Receive the Holy Spirit”
- “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven”
Jesus is calling his followers out of this locked room, to go out and proclaim his resurrection by sharing peace and being ministers of reconciliation.
To me, the Easter season is the most underused time of our year. The readings are emphatic calls to follow Jesus and let God transform our hearts and souls. What call is pulling on your heart this Easter season?