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My favourite Easter characters are Thomas and Peter. Easter shows them up as fallible human beings and I find that reassuring.
I also love the tales of Mary mistaking Jesus for the gardener and the Emmaus disciples not recognizing Him until he broke bread with them. Frankly, there are times I miss the obvious… It is good to know I’m not alone on that!
|He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!|
I love Thomas for being honest enough to not suppress his doubts. Also, when confronted by Jesus, Thomas didn’t make excuses. He came back with, to me, the perfect response to having his doubts swept away - “My Lord and My God”.
|Salisbury Cathedral Easter scene - image by Allison Symes|
Later, despite everything, Peter races to the empty tomb with John. Peter did show his true colours there. Despite knowing he had denied Jesus three times, Peter still wants to be there. What was he hoping for on the way to the tomb? Did he dare allow himself to hope anything? Did he think, somehow, Jesus would know Peter still cared?
|Icon Image of St. Peter|
Peter and Thomas then, despite denial and doubting, have a positive ministry still. Their testimony lives on long after them and points to the Living Lord Jesus. Ultimately, their lives revealed a faith with denials and doubts all swept away. For me, their faith was real because they had those doubts and failings in the first place. What mattered was those doubts and failings were overcome.
|The wonderful Easter stories... Light overcoming darkness.|