A week later the 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.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him [Thomas], “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20:26, 29)
The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. In this Sunday’s gospel, we gather with the disciples on the first Easter and hear of Thomas doubting Jesus’ return, despite Jesus’ promises about the resurrection. Thomas eventually does come around to believe once he sees Jesus himself. But Jesus points out that those who believe, even if they have not seen concrete proof themselves, are blessed. We can show how much we believe by loving God through worship.
Are you skeptical about worship?
This Week’s Focus of Mission Core Values Sermon Series: Worshiping
Worshiping is one of St. Peter’s two mission core values that address the ways we love God, the other mission core value being following. Worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Central to our worship life is the presence of God through the Word proclaimed and the Sacraments (Holy Baptism and Holy Communion)—the means of grace. Jesus is present in these means through the Holy Spirit. Worship is not only about what we do and how we show our love for God, but also about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus.
For Your Home Devotion
How are we sometimes like Thomas and have doubts about promises from God?
How can we see God through worship and in the community of faith?