St. Thomas is mentioned in all four Gospels as one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. Thomas is Herbrew or Aramaic for “twin.” Most often people think of Thomas as a skeptic or doubter due to his doubting the resurrection of Jesus. However, his questions reveal truths about Jesus which play a central role in the Christian faith – with the doubter turned to believer confessing Jesus as “my Lord and my God.” (John 20:24-29) When Thomas asked Christ “how are we to know the way?” Jesus responded, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:5-6) According to tradition, Thomas traveled east after Pentecost, eventually reaching India, where a group of people to this day are called “Christians of St. Thomas.” Thomas is often depicted holding a spear, as he is believed to have been martyred with a spear.
Collect of the Day
Everliving God, who strengthened your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in your Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.