St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 4:9-16, 19-21
“For I think that God has presented us as the last Apostles, as those destined for death. For we have been made into a spectacle for the world, and for Angels, and for men.
So we are fools because of Christ, but you are discerning in Christ? We are weak, but you are strong? You are noble, but we are ignoble? Even to this very hour, we hunger and thirst, and we are naked and repeatedly beaten, and we are unsteady.
And we labor, working with our own hands. We are slandered, and so we bless. We suffer and endure persecution. We are cursed, and so we pray. We have become like the refuse of this world, like the reside of everything, even until now.
I am not writing these things in order to confound you, but in order to admonish you, as my dearest sons. For you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, but not so many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, through the Gospel, I have begotten you.
Therefore, I beg you, be imitators of me, just as I am of Christ.
But I will return to you soon, if the Lord is willing. And I will consider, not the words of those who are inflated, but the virtue. For the kingdom of God is not in words, but in virtue.
What would you prefer? Should I return to you with a rod, or with charity and a spirit of meekness?”
1 Corinthians 4:9-16, 19-21 CPDV
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them: “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.”
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 believe.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.