Our Lord and God

Daily Reading for May 1 • The Second Sunday of Easter

Who protected the hand of the disciple which was not melted

At the time when he approached the fiery side of the Lord?

Who gave it daring and strength to probe

The flaming bone? Certainly the side was examined.

If the side had not furnished abundant power,

How could a right hand of clay have touched

Sufferings which had shaken Heaven and earth?

It was grace itself which was given to Thomas

To touch and to cry out,

“Thou art our Lord and God.”

Truly the bramble which endured fire was burned but not consumed.

From the hand of Thomas I have faith in the story of Moses.

For, though his hand was perishable and thorny, it was not burned

When it touched the side which was like burning flame.

Formerly fire came to the bramble bush,

But now, the thorny one hastened to the fire;

And God, Himself, was seen to guard both.

Hence I have faith; and hence I shall praise

God, Himself, and man, as I cry,

“Thou art our Lord and God.”

For truly the boundary line of faith was subscribed for me

By the hand of Thomas; for when he touched Christ

He became like the pen of a fast-writing scribe

Which writes for the faithful. From it gushes forth faith.

From it, the robber drank and became sober again;

From it the disciples watered their hearts;

From it, Thomas drained the knowledge which he sought,

For he drank first and then offered drink

To many who had a little doubt. He persuaded them to say,

“Thou art our Lord and God.”

From Kontakion on Doubting Thomas by Romanus Melodus, quoted in Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: New Testament IVb, John 11-21, edited by Joel C. Elowsky (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2007).

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