Late in the evening the disciples sat huddled together feeling sad and afraid. The doors of the room were locked to stop the Jews from finding them. Suddenly Jesus appeared in the room with them and said, “Peace be with you.” They were amazed when they saw him and could hardly believe their eyes. But Jesus showed them his wounds in his hands and in his side. They were filled with joy and wonder.
The disciple called Thomas was not with the others when Jesus appeared to them. When they told him that they had seen Jesus, he said, “unless I see for myself the wounds in his hands and side, then I will not believe you.”
Several days later, when Thomas was with the other disciples, Jesus appeared to them again. He turned to Thomas and said, “ See the wounds in my hands and in my side and doubt no more.” Thomas fell to the ground and said “My lord and my God.” Jesus said to him, “because you have seen you now believe, but blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
Discuss with your child how sometimes it is very hard to believe what someone else tells us.
What proof did Thomas want?
What did Thomas say when Jesus appeared before him?
What were Jesus’ words to Thomas?
Help us remember the words of Thomas
“ My lord and my God,”
And make them our own prayer.
Help us see you in the actions and words
Of the people we meet, so that day by day
Our belief in you will grow stronger. AMEN