Poor Saint Thomas. He was a faithful follower of Jesus, so close to the Lord that he was counted as one of the twelve Apostles. Yet even today on his feast day, all we seem to remember him for was his moment of doubt after the others told him that they had seen the risen Jesus.
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But Thomas said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
It seems so unfair. Do we refer to Saint Peter as the denier? Or to Saint Paul as the persecutor?
Let’s give Saint Thomas a break for once. The doubt that he is chastised for makes him like us, doesn’t it? Who hasn’t doubted from time to time?
Saint Thomas, pray for us.