and everliving God,
who strengthened your apostle Thomas
with faith in the resurrection of your Son.
Strengthen us when we doubt,
and make us faithful disciples
of Jesus Christ our risen Lord;
who with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns eternally.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF HABAKKUK
will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I
will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will
answer concerning my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and
said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner
may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait
for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud!
Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their
Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those
was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of
they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things
Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed. R
our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negev.
who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy,
shouldering their sheaves. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called "the
uncircumcision" by those who are called "the
circumcision" - a physical circumcision made in the flesh by
human hands - remember that you were at that time without Christ,
being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the
covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been
brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his
flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the
dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished
the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create
in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making
peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through
the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he
came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to
those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one
Spirit to the Father. 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.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
(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."
OVER THE GIFTS
accept all we offer you this day,
and grant that we may find the presence of your Son
in the Church,
in each other,
and in the poor and wounded victims of the world,
for whom he gave his life,
Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
we have seen with our eyes
and touched with our hands
the bread of life.
Strengthen our faith
that we may grow in love for you
and for each other;
through Jesus Christ the risen Lord.