St. Thomas, Apostle (July 3)
St. Thomas, one of the original twelve apostles, was a Jew from Galilee called by Jesus to accompany Him on His mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God. When Jesus' life was threatened as He went to raise Lazarus from the dead, Thomas said to the others, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him." At the Last Supper, when Jesus spoke of going away to His Father, Thomas replied, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" With the rest of the apostles, Thomas fled when Jesus was arrested and put to death. On Easter Sunday, Thomas was not with the others when Jesus came into the room where they were. Though they told him jubilantly, "We have seen the Lord!" Thomas answered, "I will not believe until I put my finger into the nail marks in His hands and His side." The expression, "doubting Thomas," comes from this incident. A week later, Thomas was with the other apostles when Jesus once again appeared. Jesus said. "Take your finger and examine my hands, Put your hand into my side. Do not remain an unbeliever, but believe." It was then that Thomas made his "profession of faith" when he exclaimed "My Lord and my God!" "The unbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples." St. Gregory the Great has said. Our doubts are answered by the demand of Thomas to know that Jesus' resurrection was real. Thomas is said to have preached the Gospel to the people of India. He was martyred eight miles from Madras and buried at Mylapore, India. The date of his death is unknown.