The Incredulity of St. Thomas

Based on:  John 20:19-31

On the wall of the gymnasium at MVL there is a large reproduction of a famous painting. The painting is called “The Incredulity of St. Thomas” and the original was painted in 1601 by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The painting shows Jesus on that Sunday evening when he returns to see Thomas. He has pulled back the top part of his cloak so Thomas can see the place where the spear pierced him. Jesus has grabbed Thomas’ wrist and gently pulled his hand closer so that Thomas’ finger is in the wound. Thomas and two other disciples are focused intently on the hole in Jesus’ side, but Jesus, with a slight smile, is focused on Thomas.

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Yes, He is Risen!

Based on:  John 20:1-8

Place yourself into this scenario: It is early in the morning and sadness overwhelms you. Your heart aches because a few days ago a close, personal friend died. It was all very unexpected. He has been buried now and you are mourning the loss. The fact that you will not see him again is still sinking into your mind.

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