Today, July 3rd, we remember Thomas the apostle. We’re tempted to think that belief does away with troublesome questions and shelters us from a world of unbelief, that belief makes our way to God smooth and undisturbed. Not so, Thomas reminds us; he found faith through his questions and by placing his finger into the wounds of Christ.
Gregory the Great reminds us today of the importance of Thomas the Apostle.
“In a marvellous 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. So the disciple who doubted, then felt Christ’s wounds, becomes a witness to the reality of the resurrection.”
That’s an interesting statement, isn’t it? “The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples.”
We go to God through questions, and some troubles too. We’re healed by touching the wounds of Christ.
Grant, Almighty God,
that we may glory in the Feast of the blessed apostle Thomas, so that we may always be sustained by his intercession
and, believing, may have life
in the name of Jesus Christ your son,
whom Thomas acknowledged as the Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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The older i get, the more questions
i have, I am sure Thomas loved the
Lord, but he was a realist and had
witnessed his death and burial…
this news from his fellow apostles
was TOO GOOD, so he did not believe \
them. Sometimes i don’t fully believe
my bros. and sister, I need to ask for
a deeper faith , MY LORD AND MY GOD
From certainty, we may get to uncertainty;
From uncertainty, we may find the path to God!
Reading Thomas’s story in this morning’s prayer/devotional reminded me that I don’t have to see God’s answer right away, although I long to know the outcome of this month’s situation. The Lord has blessed me, over and over, through the years, so I’m trying to rest in that assurance.