July 03

We can identify with the apostle, Thomas. He wears his heart on his sleeve and shows what he is thinking and feeling as he listens to Jesus and takes seriously all that his master says. Thomas pledges himself ready to die with Jesus (John 11:16), and is unafraid to admit, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" (John 14:5)

He is the only person in all of scripture who addresses Jesus as "My Lord and my God!" Of course, he said it after the Risen Christ responded to his need to touch ("Unless I ...put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.") Thus, the Doubting Thomas nickname and image. His detractors forget that he did not wallow in doubt, but once he saw the Risen Christ, dedicated his life to telling that good news. Couldn't we also call him "Thomas the Believer?"

Church tradition says Thomas traveled extensively as a missionary and was martyred in India. When Portuguese first landed in India in the early 1600 they found the Mar Thomas Church where a Christian community called themselves "St. Thomas Christians."

If Thomas had taken the Spiritual Types Test, he probably would have been a Sage. Thomas is remembered on July 3.

This image is Thomas the apostle, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. Iconostasis of Transfiguration church, Kizhi monastery, Karelia, Russia.

Today's Reflection