Review for Sunday November 26, 2017
Text below from John is the translation by Raymond E. Brown, John I-XII (The Anchor Yale Bible) .
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III. THE BOOK OF GLORY
PART THREE: THE RISEN JESUS
69. Where the Disciples Are Gathered
24 It happened that one of the Twelve, Thomas (his name means “Twin”), was absent when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he answered them, “I’ll never believe without examining the mark of the nails on his hands, and putting my finger right into the place of the nails and my hand into his side.”
26 Now, a week later, Jesus’ disciples were once more in the house; this time Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood in front of them. “Peace to you,” he said. 27 Then he told Thomas, “Reach out your finger and examine my hands; reach out your hand and put it into my side. And do not persist disbelief, but become a believer.” 28 Thomas answered with the words. “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus told him,
“You have believed because you have seen me.
Happy those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Thomas and doubt 20:24-29 – John’s gospel doesn’t use “doubt” here.
Perhaps the stress on the wounds of Jesus is that the one whom Thomas sees now is he who was crucified 1033.
The beatitude of those who have not seen but have believed: cf. Midrash Tanhuma Rabbi Simeon ben Lakish:
“The proselyte is dearer to God than all the Israelites who were at at Sinai. For if tjose people had not witnessed thunder, flames, lightning, the quaking mountain, and the trumpet blasts, they would not have accepted the rule of God. Yet the proselyte who has seen none of these things comes and gives himself to God and accepts the rule of God. Is there anyone dearer than this man?” 1048
“The two lines of vs. 29, then, are a contrast between the situation of seeing Jesus and that of not seeing Jesus.” The former – the sensible apprehension — is the opposite of faith.
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