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23
Apr
2014

A Thomas Call

Written by Justin Hancock
A Thomas Call

After Easter, a video blog:

A response from AMW Spiritual Director Wendy Miller:

"Thank you, Justin, for your reflections on the wounds of Christ, and the invitation of the risen Jesus to Thomas to come close with his disbelief and distancing, and to place his hands in Jesus' wounds. I sense it was one of those times when Jesus knew Thomas' needs -- deepest soul needs -- more than Thomas did. And Jesus also knew that for Thomas to come close and to touch suffering in Jesus, could be transformative for Thomas; and it was.

"I appreciate how you call us, the church, to admit and touch our own suffering-- and to stay present to the suffering of others. This is one area that I find -- as I teach and mentor persons learning spiritual direction -- that as persons listen to another's life and story, they find it hard to stay fully present to suffering and vulnerability. Various kinds of avoidance and distancing happen instead, and the persons sharing the suffering in their life knows innately that they are now alone, and unheard.  

"In our western culture we are continually deluged with ways to numb, anesthetize, ignore, be relieved of any suffering of any kind. And this creeps into how we are present.  Today is Good Friday, a day when we remember the long day of suffering for Jesus -- and for those who stay in vigil to watch, and for those who run away (at least for now)."

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