Spitzer Center Blog
Thomas of course is most noted, unfortunately, for the fact that he was the doubter. And of course there can be no doubt that he probably was a doubter.
This gospel reading is really the beginning of the contemplative life. I mean, it certainly pertained to the people in Jesus’ day, as it does to us today.
Loving your enemies. You’ve heard it so often that it’s become banal. But imagine what it must have sounded like to those who heard it first?
We see in both Mark’s Gospel and in Luke’s Gospel that Jesus commissions the apostles, and gives the apostles power over evil spirits.
This reading from the letter of James is sometimes rather difficult to hear. Obviously, Luther didn’t like hearing it at all, and in many ways rejected it.
This account in John’s Gospel, which of course is the threefold commissioning of Peter, is a remarkable passage. It has three different themes.