Saint Thomas the Apostle
Malvern Minute

 

Saint Thomas the Apostle

July 3, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Thomas, Apostle – Patron Saint of Architects

Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 2:19-22

Psalm 117

John 20:24-29

 

Today’s Gospel narrative sites the most famous encounter of our good Saint Thomas where he is dubbed forever “Doubting Thomas.”  We recall this Gospel scene because we can relate to Thomas’ reaction of disbelief, because like him, we weren’t there either.  The scene represents all of us who did not see Jesus’ appearance after His death and resurrection.  In the Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Divine Readings, Book III, page 1516, Pope Saint Gregory the Great, says in his homily that it was not by chance that this apostle was absent when the others were in the upper room the first time Jesus appeared to them.  He continues, “In a marvelous way God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief.  The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples.  As he touches Christ and is won over to belief, every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened.”  We realize that Thomas has expressed what is in our hearts from time to time.  And when he does see Jesus at the second appearance, he says to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  Thomas has now become our eye witness.

If you had been Thomas do you wonder how you would have reacted in seeing Jesus?  Would you have believed even though you hadn’t seen?  By that time, you would have been with Jesus for three years and witnessed countless healings that could not have been explained.  However, it seems there were always things going on around Jesus that could not be explained.  Just ask His friend Lazarus what is going on in his mind after being raised from the dead. 

By bringing Thomas’ words into our time makes all the difference as today we can all relate to his feeling of disbelief.  He has articulated for future generations an explanation of our feelings of disbelief today, and then helped us cross over to belief. 

Friends, today we must take advantage of one who’s gone before us.  Let us ask for the intercession of our good Saint Thomas and pray for a steadfast spirit to persevere in our faith, so as to be able to pass it on to future generations. 

Incidentally, I am quite content that I chose the name Thomas on the day I was confirmed. 

Question of the Day

Prayer:  Almighty God and Father let us rejoice as we celebrate the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle.  May we be aided by his patronage and, believing, have life in the Name of Jesus Christ Your Son whom he confessed to be the Lord.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world. 

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