Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Thomas didn’t believe the reports from the other disciples that Jesus had appeared to them in the flesh after his crucifixion. He had to see and touch Jesus to believe. Jesus doesn’t rebuke Thomas for this need, but blesses folks like us who haven’t seen and yet believe (or struggle to believe). We who haven’t physically seen or touched Jesus are invited to encounter Jesus through the memories of the first Jesus-communities, and to forge a bond with them by stepping into their shoes.