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The Second Sunday of Easter

Exodus 14.10–31; 15.20–1
Acts 5.27–32
John 20.19–31

People are very good at doubting. We seem to be able to move with effortless ease from the utmost certainty to the utmost doubt within moments.

In the reading from Exodus today, just remember what has already happened. Israelites and Egyptians have both seen the terrible plagues that came upon the land, and they have both, eventually, made the connection between the plagues and the enslavement of the Israelites. Pharaoh has finally let the slaves go, and they have moved off, accompanied day and night by the physical sign of God’s presence, in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. Yet, suddenly, Pharaoh changes his mind, forgets all that has happened, and sets out in pursuit of his erstwhile slaves, and they, in turn, forget all that God has done for them, and panic wildly...

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