St. Thomas wasn't with his friends when Jesus appeared. He missed out and had trouble believing that Jesus had returned. But then a week later, Jesus returned and he believed.
"What's interesting," says the Rev. Matthew Welsch in response to today's reading (John 20:19–20, 24–29) during the Family Service, "is that the text skips over a week. What is missing is that Thomas stayed with his friends. They probably played some games, shared some stories. Thomas was brave and vulnerable, and his friends were kind and loving with their friend who was having a hard time."
Father Matt encourages us also to continue to tell stories, pray and play games together, trusting that one day, Jesus will show up again.