Feast of Saint Thomas, apostle
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe! (Gospel Antiphon, John 20:29)
Risen Lord, our human senses involve a number of the body's systems working together to allow us a connection between the world inside us and the outside world. The sense of touch combines skin, blood, nerves, muscles and glands to feel and understand temperature, pressure, vibration and contact with an other.
You tell Thomas what You told the other apostles on the night of Your Resurrection, "Peace be with you." Touch itself is not the cause of peace, but for Thomas it brought him to peace by allowing him to touch what he could not believe, that You are risen. As I receive You in the Blessed Sacrament, may belief's expression be more deeply founded in the tangible gift of Yourself we know and accept to fill our hearts with the touch of Your grace.
Saint Thomas, pray for us.