FEAST DAY JULY 3rd
St. Thomas, our parish patron Saint, was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was a Jew from Galilee called by Jesus to accompany him on his mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God. When Jesus' life was threatened as he went to raise Lazarus from the dead, Thomas said to the others, "Let us also go, that we may die with Jesus'.
Thomas doubted that Jesus had truly been raised from the dead. The Resurrection was proven to Thomas when Jesus appeared to him. Thomas said, "My Lord and My God".
St. Gregory the Great once said, "The unbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. Our doubts are answered by the demand of St. Thomas to know that Jesus' resurrection was real.
According to tradition, St. Thomas preached the gospel in India.
Links to Scripture about St. Thomas the Apostle:
- The list of the Apostles in the Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 10:3)
- This list of the Apostles in the Gospel according to Mark (Mark 3:18)
- This list of the Apostles in the Gospel according to Luke (Luke 6:15)
- Thomas saying "Let us also go to die with him." (John 11:16)
- Thomas asking "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" and Jesus replies "I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:5-6)
- The Gospel narative where Thomas at first doubts the Apostles testimony, but witnessing the Risen Lord and says "My Lord and My God." (John 20:24-31)
- Gospel passage where Thomas is recorded fishing with Jesus and a few other Apostles and disciples. (John 20:1-2)