Analysis Of The Poem ' Easter '

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Easter 2 A, 2016
John 20:19-31 Brother and sisters in Christ, grace to you and peace from God our Father, and our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Have any of you had a nickname that stuck with you, even if you hated the name? Even if it was unfair or unflattering? When I was a child, my family called me “Lynnie” instead of plain old Lynn. Lynnie evolved into “Lynnie the Pooh” (instead of Winnie the Pooh), then “Pooh Bear” and eventually just “Pooh”. Oh, it seemed harmless enough coming out of the mouths of my parents or grandparents, but my three brothers could make that one syllable “Pooh” seem nasty and menacing. My dad called me “Pastor Pooh” after I was ordained – I could tell that he had been waiting to say
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Perhaps he went to investigate the wild claims that Mary Magdalene had made earlier that day about seeing and talking with a Jesus who was very much alive! What if it was true?
Instead of “Doubting Thomas”, we could change his nickname to “Devastated Thomas”. His Lord and Savior, his teacher and friend, his promised King on whom he had pinned all of his hopes had been executed. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for hope. Thomas and the other disciples had given up everything they knew to follow Jesus - their jobs, their homes, their families, their reputations. Now they themselves are in danger of losing everything they had worked for, including their own lives. They are filled with fear.
When Devastated Thomas returns to knock on the door of the locked room, he expects the angry arguments and anguished weeping of the grieving disciples. Instead, when the door flings open, he is surprised by loud, excited conversation and …. laughter!. The disciples are quick to share the good news of what they had seen and experienced. “Oh, Thomas! Thomas! We have seen the Lord! He was right here! You just missed him.” In a tumble of words, they describe a Jesus who is wounded but alive! These people, who had been burdened by guilt and grief only hours before, were themselves alive again! They too were resurrected, changed by their encounter with the risen Lord. They repeat Jesus’
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