THEN saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Today is the Sunday of St Thomas. You can read the story of the marvellous confession which burst forth from him in John 20:19-31.
IN the field of theology, the question is how man can be purified, and his real self begin to function theologically.
Once this is achieved, there is no need to take special care in constructing theology and a witness to Orthodoxy. What follows is a manifestation of the other power.
The Lord advises His disciples “not to meditate beforehand how to answer” (Luke 21:14).
There is no meditation in advance; it is not necessary. “In that hour” (Matt 10:19) words will be given to you and no one will be able to resist them, because it will not be you but the Spirit of God speaking at that difficult moment.
It is a matter not of finding what to say, but of how to be silent, how to hear the Spirit speaking in our silence or our speech: the question is, how can we become instruments of the Spirit?
The Spirit alone is the Truth and does not submit to our legalistic preparations. In that hour He comes to His own. In that hour the answer is born. In that hour it is heard by the person who receives it and by those who hear him.
Everything is in a state of emergence and ceaseless procession. Everything is newly born and fresh: in content, in structure and in grace.
All come into being in that hour.
Here there is no mechanical production of apologetics, no system of ready-made answers kept in store, preserved merely by the methods of human reason.
The memory, the womb and the assurance of life is “the ever-flowing, living fountain of the Spirit.”
Archimandrite Vasileios, in “Hymn of Entry” (SVS Press, 1984) pp. 108-109.
SHEW me thy ways, O Lord; and teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art God my Saviour: and I have waited on thee all the day.
Remember thy compassions, O Lord, and thy mercies, for they are from everlasting.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my sins of ignorance: remember me according to thy mercy, for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.