LISTEN: Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Easter — Year A

Let us consider Thomas the Apostle. The Apostle who doubted. We may initially think that such an act makes him somehow ‘inferior’ to the other witnesses to the Resurrection. But is that really so?

After all, how many of us at some time in our lives don’t ever have doubts? Are there not times in our lives when we ourselves doubt either God’s goodness or God’s presence? Even God’s existence? Given what is happening in our world, wouldn’t we actually be stupid if we didn’t? Come on, be honest about this!

Thomas’ example shows us that even an Apostle had doubts. If we read the gospels more broadly we can even see he was not alone. He was at least honest about them!

Ultimately it’s not a question of doubts that’s at issue but how you handle them. Look at Thomas…

Join Fr Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Second Sunday of Easter — Year A

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

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Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.
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