Some years I have taken the week after Easter off - but this year I'm glad to be preaching.
The gospel reading is
- poor old Thomas!
Just as Mark tells us the women took a while to work out a proper response to the resurrection (at first 'they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid'), so Thomas cannot be blamed for being slow to grasp the reality of Christ's rising.
Instead of judging Thomas, perhaps we should pause & reflect on how amazing, how strange, how unlikely the resurrection really is.
More thoughts to follow as the week goes on...