Show Me!

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe

John 20:29
Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

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Second Sunday of Easter, A

Some sportswriters dubbed the 1985 world series as the “Show Me” series. The two teams — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals — both were from Missouri, and Missouri is known as the “Show Me” state. This nickname can be traced all the way back to a speech made by a Missouri congressman named Hillard Duncan Vandiver. Speaking in Philadelphia in 1899, Vandiver said, “Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me!”

The disciple Thomas was from Missouri, in this sense. He was a “show me” kind of guy. He refused to rely on a second-hand report of the Resurrection. He said that he would have to be shown the imprint of the nails in Jesus’ hands and the wound in Jesus’ side before he would believe. For this reason, he is often referred to as “Doubting Thomas.”

In today’s Gospel story of Jesus’ appearance to a group of his disciples…

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