The tag “doubting Thomas” seems unfair; probably if any other of the inner circle had happened to be absent on the night of the risen Christ’s earlier appearance, that person would have been as disbelieving as Thomas. While like Gideon he asked for a sign, when the risen Christ offered his wounds as a sign, Thomas did not wait to touch but trusted the one who offered. He had learned from what Jesus said in today’s gospel: the way is not a set of directions and signs, but a relationship with one we have come to know and trust. By tradition, Thomas later worked as a missionary in India.
Ever-living God, you strengthened your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in the resurrection of your Son. Grant that we too may confess our faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.