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Over against all human sceptical reasoning, the Church proclaims: “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” This ancient greeting of Christians has provided comfort, hope and courage, as the good news of resurrection joy has been contagiously spread around the world.

 

My favourite story of accentuating the good news of the risen Messiah goes back to communist Russia. On Easter Sunday in 1940 in Odessa, a crowd of some 40,000 Christians gathered to worship the risen Christ, However, communist agitators harassed them by making atheistic propaganda speeches for four hours. Afterwards, a congregant begged to say a few words and was granted permission. He stood up before all of those worshippers and said: “Brothers and sisters, Christ is risen!” Then, from the mouths of 40,000 followers of Jesus the reply roared out, “He is risen indeed!

 

 

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Doubting Thomas

The header you see above is a portion of the painting “My Lord and my God,” based on the Gospel for the second Sunday of Easter, by Malaysian artist, Hanna Cheriyan Vaghese. I found this over at The Text This Week website, where you can discover a veritable treasure trove of art here 

The apostle Thomas is likely a kindred spirit to many of us, we would rather see before we believe. However, I think Thomas has gotten a bit of a bum wrap with the label “Doubting Thomas,” for all of the other disciples were likely equally as clued out and sceptical until the resurrected Christ visited them.