John 20: 19 – 31 v 29 “A week later Jesus’ disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked. Jesus stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” v 28 Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God”.
The disciples were afraid of the Jews after the death of Jesus and would meet behind locked doors. Jesus found them anyway. Thomas could not believe the testimony of the other disciples that they had seen Jesus alive, so Jesus came to him. The man Jesus was transformed as Thomas responded, “My Lord and my God” And the words that Jesus used “Peace be with you”.
My personal goal for this year was to write a daily blog which I started on May 1st 2021. So here I am writing the last entry for the first year. Using the lectionary readings provided by the United Church of Canada as the basis for the message, sticking to my goal of keep it simple, and personal ( arrived at by listening to the still small voice of God) the work of God in our time has continued. The same message that we see here. However afraid we are to teach others about Jesus we must do it and He will stand by us. Some believe by seeing concrete evidence in their lives that Jesus is there with them. Jesus is Ok with that too. Then despite lockdown frustration, the lack of travel, our decreased social circles following Jesus you find a peace that passes all understanding. “Peace be with you”.
Prayer: Holy Father you are the one and only God and in you we trust as Jesus guides us along the path you intend for us and the Holy spirit gives us the words and the strength to continue the journey. Thank you. Amen.