Rev. Don Beyers, Christ Church, Bolton
Of all the beloved characters of the scriptures, Mary Magdalene and the apostle Thomas are the most misunderstood figures. For centuries, Mary Magdalene was considered a prostitute, a woman of ill-repute. Thomas, on the other hand, was faulted as the one who doubted. Poor Thomas even had the honour of a Sunday named after him: “Doubting Thomas Sunday,” the other name for the Sunday after Easter — or, as we Anglicans like to call it — “low Sunday.” The fanfare and triumph of Easter now seems like a faded memory and we’re left with this story of a guy who just doesn’t seem to get it. Or does he?
Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of they Holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.