This is the first Sunday after Easter, in the west it is known as White or Low Sunday.
Antipascha means “in place of Pascha (Easter)” and marks the beginning of a year-long remembrance of Easter, where each Sunday is spent in reflection of what happened on Easter Sunday, and what it means for us. In Eastern Europe Sunday is called Resurrection, and each Sunday reminds us of the Lord’s Resurrection.
This Sunday is dedicate to the Apostle Thomas, and the reading is of Thomas placing his hand on the wound in Jesus’ side. The Eastern view of Thomas is different from that of the West, we do not see Doubting Thomas, today is referred to as “The Belief of Thomas” and refers to the disappearance of all the doubts we have as to who Jesus’ is, “My Lord and My God.”
We all have doubts about Jesus, removed 2,000 years from anyone who knew him it is impossible not to have them. Unlike Thomas we cannot place our hands in his side, we cannot speak with him face-to-face, we cannot even speak to those who knew him. All around us are people, especially writers, media, and academia, who tell us that the documents we read are inaccurate, one-sided, that other “secret writings” have been withheld from us. All around us are people trying to get us to doubt our beliefs, to accept their beliefs as fact, but without facts to back them up, only the strength of their disbelief.
It is to us to whom Jesus said, “John 20:28-29 (RSV) Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29 Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’”
“Mark 9:24 (RSV) the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”