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Doctrines & Morals

The Feast of St Thomas

Eph. 2:19-22, Jn 20:24-29. Today, we celebrate the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, also known as Thomas Didymus or the Twin. Thomas was referred to as the most sceptical among the disciples, as he did not appear to fully trust in the Lord and was pessimistic when the Lord wanted to go to Jerusalem to fulfil His mission, despite the advice against doing so by His disciples. Thomas publicly said before all of them that, in a rather sarcastic way, they should all follow the Lord so that they could also suffer with Him and die along with Him. Today's first reading reminds us that it was on the foundation of such individuals as the Apostles that the edifice of our common faith has been built. Paul describes the community of believers as a household and as a Temple with the imagery of an edifice. The foundation of this building consists of the Apostles and prophets – those who are “sent” (apostlein) by God and those who “speak for” (propheteuein) God.

It is upon the bases of Apostolic and Prophetic tradition that the building of God is laid. The crowning point of this building which Thomas played a part of, is none other than Jesus. Not only in today’s Gospel, but also throughout the other parts of the Gospel, Thomas, rather than being doubting, is actually very pragmatic. He wants to have proof for his faith. He shows a similar practicality in Gospel of John (14:1-6). Here, Jesus informs His disciples that He is going to prepare a place for His followers. Jesus reminds the Apostles that they know the way which He is going. Thomas remarks: “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Thomas wants clear, exact directions. He wants to make sure that he really understands everything. It is not that he doubts what Jesus was teaching His followers.

May the Lord strengthen us with courage and hope, to endure and persevere through the challenges and trials we face daily, for His sake, and for the greater glory of His Name! Amen!! Good morning and happy weekend!!!

Revd Fr Samuel Frederick.

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