December 21st – Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle

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.

Today’s Readings

Habakkuk 2:1-4
Hebrews 10:35-11-1
John 20:24-29
Psalm 126

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.

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