What labels do you carry? Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me! It may be a catchy saying but it also a lie. Being labeled or called names does hurt and it can have a negative effect on us.

Preaching on the Sunday after Easter means that you get to preach on John 20:19-31. The resurrected Jesus appears to the disciples but Thomas is absent. He demands to see and touch the wounds of Jesus before he believes. This gives him the label of ‘Doubting Thomas’. I tried to give Thomas a bit of positive PR in my talk, take a listen and let me know what you think.

The Incredulity of St Thomas
The Incredulity of St Thomas, 1602, by Caravaggio – in public domain.

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