A painting of St Thomas putting his finger into the side of Jesus by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Saint Thomas the Apostle became famously known as ‘Doubting Thomas’ for refusing to believe in the resurrection of Christ.

Thomas, also called Didymus, was not present with the other disciples who had the privilege of seeing Jesus appear before them. He said: ‘’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.’’

He did not want to believe in a truth that he could not comprehend with his limited human reasoning and senses.

Just eight days later, Jesus appeared before Thomas and said, ‘’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 made up for his unbelief with a strong profession of faith: ‘’My Lord and my God.”

The Lord said: ‘’Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.’’

On this feast day, we can ask St Thomas to increase our faith in God and His plans for us, trusting that He loves us and only wants what is best for us. Moments of uncertainty are opportunities for us to practice abandoning ourselves in the hands of God our Father, who ‘’knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).

When we have faith, we acknowledge that God has the big picture of reality. Human beings can only grasp a limited amount of truth with their reason.

According to tradition, St Thomas was martyred at St Thomas Mount in Chennai, India in 72 AD. He is the patron saint of architects.

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