Thomas was one of Jesus' 12 Apostles, but his name is only given in three of the Gospels. From his interaction with Jesus in the Gospel of John, though, he has been described as a devoted, impetuous and loving disciple.
After his friend Lazarus died, Jesus decided to go to Bethany even though He would be in grave danger. When Thomas heard this, he immediately said to the other disciples, Let us also go to die with him. (John 11:16)
During the Last Supper, Jesus told the Apostles that He would be leaving them soon. Promising to return one day, He added that they knew where he was going. Thomas interrupted and asked, Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way? Jesus replied, I am the way and the truth and the life. (John 14:5-6)
Perhaps Thomas's most famous incident happened after Jesus' Resurrection. Thomas was not present when Jesus first visited the Apostles. And when they told him they had seen Jesus, Thomas wanted proof. 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. (John 20:25) A week later, only after Thomas actually saw and touched Jesus, did he exclaim, My Lord and my God! Gently rebuking him, Jesus said, Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. (John 20:28-29)
One tradition holds that Thomas traveled farther than any other Apostle to spread Jesus' message. Another says Thomas preached in Syria, Persia and southern India, where he founded a Christian church and was martyred.
You who helped Thomas have faith,
let our faith be strong and without doubt.
As we honor Thomas the Apostle,
let us always experience the help of his prayers.
May we have eternal life by believing in Jesus,
whom Thomas acknowledged as Lord,
for He lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
From Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives
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