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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of the apostle Thomas. He confessed Jesus as his Lord and, according to tradition, witnessed him all the way to India.

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 20,24-29

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

So the other disciples said to him, 'We have seen the Lord,' but he answered, 'Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.'

Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. 'Peace be with you,' he said.

Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.'

Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!'

Jesus said to him: You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Thomas is presented to us in the Gospels as a courageous and impulsive man. He is the one who convinces the other disciples to go to Judea to follow the Teacher on his visit to his sick friend Lazarus. Nonetheless, Thomas is the last apostle to believe in Jesus’ resurrection. The evangelist John tells us that Thomas is not with the Apostles in the upper room on Easter day, and he professes all of his incredulity when they say they have seen the risen Lord. A week later, Jesus returns and this time finds Thomas there. Jesus calls him by name, and invites him to put his hands in the wounds left by the spear and the nails. At the sound of the Teacher’s voice, Thomas’ heart is touched and his resistance dissolves. He no longer needs to touch the still-wounded but risen body with his hand. It is enough to hear him call him by name. The same thing happened to Mary on Easter morning when she recognized Jesus because he had called her by name. Like Mary, Thomas is won over by Jesus’ love, and both will become passionate and tenacious witnesses of the good news. Tradition says that Thomas went all the way to India to preach the Gospel, truly to the ends of the earth.

Memory of the Apostles

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 19 March
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 20 March
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 21 March
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 22 March
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 23 March
Memory of the Church
Friday, 24 March
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 25 March
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 26 March
Liturgy of the Sunday