Today all things are filled with light - earth and heaven and the world beneath. Then let all creation celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. In Him is the firm foundation of all things. Resurrection Matins - Ode 3
Yesterday my friend said, "Imagine if you were a fly, a single ray of light would be so bright to you." (This is from a true conversation.)
That is what faith is like - even a single truth can be the beginning of enlightenment - and be so bright for us.
That is what hope is like - it comes from faith - even if all we have is a glimmer of hope, it can be so bright for us.
That is what love is like - it is as if there are no degrees of love - even a little ray of love can bring all brightness to our lives.
Today is Thomas Sunday.
It is a day filled with faith, hope, and love.
Believing Thomas comes to the Upper Room in Zion to see what he expects to see.
He sees and touches and experiences the fulfillment of his faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.
He sees and touches and experiences Jesus Christ Himself.
He sees and touches and experiences resurrection.
He sees and touches and experiences the possibilities.
He sees and touches and experiences what God promised in the Garden of Eden.
He sees and touches and experiences what Jesus promised him and the other disciples in His public ministry.
He sees and touches and experiences what the women disciples and the Apostles were proclaiming this past week.
He sees and touches and experiences what people have received from him and the women and the Apostles.
He sees and touches and experiences the transformation of the world.
He sees and touches and experiences the side of Christ from which flowed blood and water.
He sees and touches and experiences what is offered to us in the sacramental Mysteries which flow from the side of Christ,
especially Baptism and Holy Communion.
He sees and touches and experiences what is given to us just as it was given to those of his age - New Life.
He sees and touches and experiences forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
Today Thomas is filled with light, the Upper Room is filled with light, the Apostles and women are filled with light.
Today, too, we can be filled with light, with faith, with hope, with love.
For some Pascha is over. For some, even believers, there is a "let down" feeling.
However, we continue to proclaim, and today our Orthodox brothers and sisters join in our proclamation, "Christ is risen!"
Someone said of non-Catholic Christians who attended a Bright Week funeral in our church, "They know Christ is risen." (From another true conversation.)
After all of the energy and intensity of Great and Holy Week and Pascha, today we can settle more comfortably into the knowledge and the feeling of resurrection.
In fact, it is when we get back to "normal" or when we experience crisis or frustration, that we must ardently remember the experience of Thomas and the others.
Jesus Christ changes lives.
Resurrection not only changes outcomes, but also changes our perceptions of those things that happen in our lives.
As we keep singing, let us keep remembering that "if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished." (1 Corinthians 15:17-18)
The above reflection was written by a Catholic priest who serves the people of Pennsylvania.