Today’s Gospel Reading for the Feast of St Thomas according to the Roman Lectionary:
We all struggle with doubt from time to time and perhaps we are too hard on Thomas for his “anti-dogma” of disbelief. Maybe Thomas who certainly was aware of the reputation for the hype and spin of his day wanted proof so that he and his fellow disciples would not be branded as charlatans. I don’t think that Jesus is saying what he says to Thomas in a harsh tone but in a reassuring one. Today all manner of “progressive theologians” as they call themselves deny the Resurrection or try and explain it away as some kind of metaphor for renewal but as we see here this is nothing new and Jesus still says “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side” Sometimes the intellect must bow to mystery and the heart not the head is the source of verification!
Gospel Jn 20:24-29
“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.”
Today is the Feast Day in the Latin Church of St Thomas and therefore the Name Day for all so named. It is also the Feast Day in the Coptic Church of the Falling Asleep of the Great Prophet Joshua Son of Nun, and in the OCA it is amongst others the Feast of Blessed John of Moscow, Fool for Christ, and St Marcellus of the Unsleeping Ones. The “Unsleeping Ones” refers to the monastery where Marcellus was abbot that had constant chanting of the Psalms.
Here follows the Collect, amended from the BCP for the Feast of St Thomas:
Everlasting God, who didst strengthen thine Apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in thy Son’s Resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ with the assist of the prayers of thy Apostle Thomas, that our faith may never be found wanting in thy sight; through Him who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit , one God, now and forever Amen+
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