St. Thomas, Apostle
Feast Day: July 3
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He is perhaps best known as “Doubting Thomas”. When the resurrected Jesus appeared in the upper room, Thomas was not there. The apostles told him about it, but he said “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” When Jesus appeared again, he invited Thomas to touch the marks. Thomas replied with a profession of faith: “My Lord and my God!”.
Thomas may have been unfairly labeled with a negative image. He only asked to see what the others had seen. Would they have believed if they had not seen the risen Jesus Christ? His profession of faith is clear and absolute.
It is believed that St. Thomas spread the gospel message to the east. He is thought to have been martyred in India.
His feast day is July 3.
Patron Saint of …
St. Thomas is the patron saint of architects, builders, and India.
Daily Mass Readings for the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle
- First Reading – Ephesians 2:19-22: “You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 117: “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.”
- Gospel – John 20:24-29: “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
This reflection will help youth think about what it means to believe in something which can’t be seen. How do we know it is real?