In solidarity with Thomas, the disciples reach out to the risen Christ, who has set them free.
Pope Saint John Paul II, in his encyclical Redemptor Hominis, wrote,
Nowadays it is sometimes held, though wrongly, that freedom is an end in itself, that each human being is free when he makes use of freedom as he wishes and that this must be the aim of individuals and societies.
In reality, freedom is a great gift only when we know how to use it consciously for everything that is our true good.
Christ teaches us that the best use of freedom is charity, which takes concrete form in self-giving and in service. For this freedom Christ has set us free.