There is a huge message and pointed reminders in Gospels of the Sundays following Easter. These are parts of a number of Post Resurrection doubt stories that you just would not expect to find in a Gospel written to reinforce the Easter Message and given to us so that we might believe.
Yes there was panic and despair immediately following the death of Jesus, but shouldn’t this all change quickly in the Gospel stories, and yet we are faced with the obdurate Thomas, the travellers journeying with their burden of disappointment and the insecure disciples.
But how true to our own experience are these tales. How often is this the stuff of our day to day lives.
We struggle when pushed outside our comfort zone, change is hard for so many. Some react with a tentative trust while others bluster, wanting the status quo to remain.
The things of Jesus are so radically different to the things that we are used to, they can be challenging even threatening. That is why it is so important that when we are faced with change or challenge, we look for Jesus. God is always somewhere close.
Let us make sure that we look in the right place, though, otherwise there is confusion. Jesus is love and he is found wherever our motivation is driven by love.
As Easter People we have Easter in us. When faced with challenge, see that Easter Jesus first and don’t cling to what is familiar. Jesus is Risen!
Just a thought!