I am with the disciples who are still int he house they rented with Jesus for their stay in Jerusalem.
A whole week has gone by since the rush of events on the Sunday after the crucifixion. Now that they've seen the Lord, they have apologized to Mary Magdalene for their skepticism.
But Thomas has been a problem. They've pleaded with him, argued with him. Peter took him for a long walk. But still, Thomas says, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."
A few have given up and think Thomas should be thrown out. Some others say to "give him time." Some others ask my opinion.
Then, it happens. Suddenly, right there in the middle of the room, is Jesus himself.
Silence. Not a sound. What will he say to you this time? What will he say to Thomas?
With the kindest smile you ever saw, he simply says, "Peace be with you."
You feel a week's worth of arguing dissolve.
- Little White Book, Diocese of Saginaw