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Liturgical day: July 3rd: Saint Thomas, apostle

1st Reading (Eph 2:19-22): Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Responsorial Psalm: 116
R/. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
Praise the Lord, all you nations; glorify him, all you peoples!

For steadfast is his kindness for us, and the fidelity of the Lord endures forever.
Verscicle before the Gospel (Jn 20:29): Alleluia. You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe! Alleluia.

Gospel text (Jn 20,24-29): Thomas, the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, «We have seen the Lord». But he replied, «Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe».

Eight days later, the disciples were inside again and Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, «Peace be with you». Then He said to Thomas, «Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer». Thomas then said, «You are my Lord and my God». Jesus replied, «You believe because you see me, don't you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe» .

«You are my Lord and my God»

+ Fr. Joan SERRA i Fontanet
(Barcelona, Spain)

Today, the Church celebrates the festivity of St. Thomas. After describing the apparition of Jesus on Easter Sunday, evangelist John, tell us that the apostle Thomas was not with them, and when the Apostles —who had seen the Lord— were bearing witness of him, Thomas replied: «Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe» (Jn 20:25).

Jesus is good and meets Thomas. Eight days later, Jesus appears once more and tells Thomas: «Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer» (Jn 20:27).

—O Jesus, you are so good! If you ever see me moving away from You, come to meet me, as you did to meet Thomas.

These words were Thomas' reaction: «You are my Lord and my God!» (Jn 20:28). How beautiful these words are! Thomas calls him “Lord” and “God”. He makes an act of faith in the divinity of Jesus. When seeing him resurrected, Thomas sees not only Jesus, the man, who was with the Apostles and ate with them, but his Lord and his God.

Jesus reprimands him and tells him not to be incredulous but a believer, and He adds: «Happy are those who have not seen and believe» (Jn 20:28). We have not seen the crucified Christ or have we seen the resurrected Christ either, nor has He appeared to us, but we are happy because we believe in this Jesus Christ that has died and has resurrected for us.

Let us therefore pray: «My Lord and my God, remove from me all that can prevent me from going to You. My Lord and my God, give me all that can draw me to You. My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you» (St. Nicholas von Flüe).