So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
Praise the Lord, all you nations!
Extol him, all you peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
The gospel says a whole week went by between when the disciples testified to Thomas that they had seen the risen Lord and when Jesus appeared to Thomas. We may well wonder what that week was like. What soul-searching and doubt was Thomas going through? Were the other disciples trying to convince him to believe them, or just remaining with him in community while he sorted things out? What other signs and wonders were accompanying the resurrection? How many people had not seen yet believed?
In our own lives, we may walk or walk with others through periods of doubt, when it is hard to see Jesus, for more than just a week. But the scriptures remind us today that we are members of the household of the disciples, that we also belong to God and are His dwelling place, and no shut doors can keep Him out of His own dwelling. Today, let’s pray for the grace to persevere in seeking Jesus when we experience our own doubts, to speak boldly about our faith and our God to our communities, to embrace our brothers and sisters wherever they are in their faith journey, and to trust that Jesus will reward our faith. St. Thomas the Apostle, pray for us.