St. Thomas, Apostle
Ephesians 2:19-22 + John 20:24-29
July 3, 2021
“… bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
The First Reading for the Mass of St. Thomas’ feast actually focuses on him very little. It’s not uncommon for the First Reading on the feast of an apostle to be either written by him or at least refer to him in passing. However, today’s First Reading from St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians does not mention Thomas. Its focus is the Church.
What is the Church, and what is her relation to Christ? One might argue that today’s First Reading was chosen for this feast because it refers to the Church’s “foundation of the Apostles and prophets”. But St. Paul links these apostles and prophets directly to Christ. This foundation is related to Christ who is the Church’s “capstone”.
This capstone—Christ—is the Church’s source of unity. The last sentence of today’s First Reading uses the word “together” twice. It’s through Christ that the Church’s members are “held together” and grow “into a temple”. In Him the Church’s members are “built together” as “a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” You yourself are a member of this great work of God! Give thanks today for God’s gift of the Church, and for the spiritual growth that God offers you through this “dwelling place”.