Jesus has done the impossible, and yet he has done it. He is risen. And yet, we are graced with a pre-Easter reading in our lectionary selection from John, with Thomas asking how will we ever know the way to follow if Jesus is going ahead of us.
While so many of us are on our post-Easter Day services high, this is a grounding question for us. Yesterday was GLORIOUS at all three of our services. The joy and energy was palpable. Jesus' presence also palpable. But when those crowds fade, when we are back to ordinary time, ordinary life, how do we find that palpable presence Thomas asks about today?
One way is staying involved in community life, being involved in the nitty-gritty of living in an intentional community of faith. This helps sustain us in the world. Another is to pray regularly, if not daily. If we think about prayer as an ongoing conversation with God, that palpable presence is more easily discernible in our lives: in how we act and in what we do, for, as we Episcopalians like to say, we believe what we pray, we are what we pray.
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