Homily for Thomas Sunday (St. John 20:19-31)

A sermon preached at St. Silouan of Athos Chapel at St. Gregory of Sinai Monastery on April 27, 2014, by Hierodeacon Moses, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Sergios of Portland, Igoumenos of the Monastery.

In today’s Gospel reading we have two appearances of Christ to his apostles. In the first appearance Thomas is not present; the  apostles then tell Thomas about their visitation of Christ, and Thomas expresses doubt, saying that he must see Christ for himself. Then eight days later we have the second appearance of Christ, with Thomas present. Christ invites Thomas to touch him, he does so, and expresses belief.  Also note this other curious little fact: in both cases it says that Christ appeared to the apostles while the doors were shut.

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