Go out to all the world and tell the Good News. — Mark 16:15
Mass Readings: Ephesians 2:19-22 / John 20:24-29
St. Thomas the Apostle, whose feast we celebrate today, taught me the prayer I say during Mass at the elevation of the Host: “My Lord and my God!” Thomas didn’t believe Jesus was physically present after His death until he had actually seen and heard Him. We Catholics are called to believe Jesus is physically present today in the Eucharist without seeing His human body or hearing His voice.
Often when I’m on vacation, I’ll “make a visit” to the Blessed Sacrament in whatever church may be open — a magnificent basilica like St. Peter’s in Rome or a humble chapel in rural Massachusetts — and greet the Ruler of the universe, hidden in the form of bread in the tabernacle, as my Lord and my God. I’m no longer on vacation then. I’m home.
Prayer: Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament, be with me always.