First Reading | | Ephesians 2:19-22

The Church, our faith, and the work of God in the world are built on the foundation of the Apostles. Paul reminds us of this early on in the life of the Church. Let us remember we are meant to be the modern-day apostles upon whom God builds His Kingdom. The Spirit continues to reveal the Gospel through us and brings its truth to the ends of the earth. Let us pray for the grace to surrender to the apostolic work God wants us to do.

19 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, 20 built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. 21 Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; 22 in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 106:1-2, 3-4, 4-5

R: Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

1 Praise the Lord, all you nations; glorify him, all you peoples! (R) 2 For steadfast is his kindness toward us, and the fidelity of the Lord endures forever. (R)

GospelJohn 20:24-29

Saint Thomas is also called “the doubter.” He doubted the resurrection of Jesus until he personally saw Jesus standing before him. We have our own struggles and do not wish to be known by them. Rather, we wish to be known for our triumphs and accomplishments. Let us remember Thomas as the Apostle to India (and China), rather than the doubter he was in a moment of weakness.

Gospel Acclamation

You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!

24 Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”