We celebrate the feast day of St. Thomas the apostle on July 3rd. Many of us identify St. Thomas as “Doubting Thomas” because he questioned the resurrection of Jesus Christ without physically witnessing Him. Although he doubted, when Christ reappeared in their midst St. Thomas quickly converted and expressed a pious proclamation and prayer “My Lord and My God!” (St. John 20:24 -28).
An overlooked quality of St. Thomas is his bravery. St. Thomas knowing the fact that the Jews wanted to stone Jesus on their way to Bethany to visit Lazarus, said to the other apostles, “Let us also go, that we may die” (St. John 11:16).
As we celebrate the feast day of St. Thomas, let us emulate these qualities to proclaim “my Lord and my God” and declare our faith in Christ even to death.
May the intercession of St. Thomas be a stronghold for us.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Bijo Mathew