The gospel this week tells two stories: Jesus appearing to the disciples telling them to forgive sins; then one of The Twelve, Thomas, refusing to believe that Jesus lived until he sees him with his own eyes. The reason for the tale of Thomas seems obvious. The reason for including Jesus’ instruction to forgive sins isn’t. But it belongs here.
Resurrection demonstrated that God’s desire to give us life is stronger
than the damage our failures do to his gift. Our Creator’s commitment
to us isn’t just more powerful than our moral failures; it’s more
powerful than our mistakes and our ignorance as well. Our weakness
can’t separate God from us. Our Creator doesn’t get fed-up, bored or
tired of us.
We don’t have to convince God to stick with us.
We don’t have to prove to him that we’re worth caring about. We don’t
have to dampen his ire. We don’t have to flatter is ego or attract his
We know we exist: we know God is with us. Each statement contains the other. If we understand Jesus, we understand this.
incidents that the gospels narrate about Jesus after the Resurrection
center around his sending his disciples out with his message to the rest
of the world. Luke wrote in the Acts of the Apostles, Don’t stand
there waiting for me to do something. Go do for others what I have done
for you. Show everyone the God I’ve shown you. [Acts 1:8 & 11]
entire life demonstrated the God who forgives. We can miss how central
forgiveness is to our Creator’s relationship with us if we think of
forgiveness as only referring to sins in the juridical sense of breaking
some rule. God sticks with us not just in the face of broken
commandments. No weakness, whatever the type, turns him away from us.