(Short homily, as I cut out the part where I addressed the Confirmation candidates in the beginning.)
I am the vine; you are the branches, says the Lord. The operative word in the Gospel today is "remain". Jesus tells us that we must remain in him as he remains in us. We know that he remains in us because the Holy Spirit of God has been given to us. We show that we remain in God by the way we live our life -- dedicated to loving our brothers and sisters, and serving God in the Church.
The readings all speak about repentance and forgiveness. But isn't that one of the things on which we focus during the season of Lent? Yes, but it is also a main part of our celebration of Easter, for forgiveness is bestowed upon us by God through the death and Resurrection of Jesus. As we hear in the words of Consecration at Mass (over the chalice): "This is the cup of my Blood, which will be shed for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins." Let us seek forgiveness from God through our contrition, and let us share the Good News of repentance with all people.
Did Thomas really doubt what his fellow Apostles told him about Jesus' Resurrection? Should he be known only by that one question that he had? We should be grateful to Thomas, because we are actually a lot like him (with our questions and doubts today). We should remember Thomas as one of the greatest disciples and apostles, having defended and preached the Faith fearlessly, and having giving his life for the Gospel as a martyr.