We may tend to think of material, physical reality as the most ‘real’ form of reality there is. If we were to see someone walk through a solid wall or a locked door, we, like the disciples, might assume that the person was somehow insubstantial, less ‘real’ than the physical barrier they just passed through. But what if the reason why the risen Christ can walk through walls is not because he is insubstantial, but because his risen form is so real, so substantial, that the wall is insubstantial in comparison? In today’s gospel the disciples see in the person of Jesus just a glimpse of that greater reality. May we too, be granted such glimpses, and find in them the confidence to follow in the steps of Thomas and the others and proclaim the good news of the resurrection.
A little thought for Easter 1: a more real kind of reality