To read the texts click on the texts:Acts10:24-35; Heb 1:2-3; Jn 20:24-29
the Apostle, also called Didymus (meaning "Twin," as does
"Thomas" in Aramaic") was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus.
He was perhaps the only Apostle who went outside the Roman Empire to preach the
Gospel. He is also believed to have crossed the largest area, which includes
the Parthian Empire and India.
text chosen for the Feast of St. Thomas from the Gospel is often mistakenly
referred to as that of “Doubting Thomas”. However, that is a misnomer. Jesus
does not use the word doubt in these verses. Rather, Jesus chides Thomas for
being unbelieving. The story focuses on the grounds of faith. Thomas seeks
tangible proof which the disciples are unable to provide. Jesus provides this
for Thomas and in so doing asks him to move from unbelief to faith.
does not touch the hands and side of Jesus as Jesus invites him to do, but
responds with the highest acclamation or title for Jesus anywhere in the New
Testament. Thomas sees God fully revealed in Jesus. This is why Jesus is for
Thomas “My Lord and my God!”
Beatitude or blessing pronounced by Jesus on future generations’ states that
having seen Jesus is not a prerequisite for faith. One must first believe in
order to see.