Also called Didymus (twin), St. Thomas was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is most known as “Doubting Thomas” for his unwillingness to believe in Christ’s Resurrection after he first learned about it.
According to the New Testament, St. Thomas the Apostle was a dedicated follower of Jesus. Of all the Apostles, he was most willing to risk his life and face dangers just to accompany Jesus in His mission in Judea. He was also the most curious, as manifested by his inquisition at the Last Supper when Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them because they know “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (Read: A Prayer of Enlightenment to St. Jude Thaddeus)
But above all these, St. Thomas is best known for having doubts about Jesus’ Resurrection on the very first Easter Sunday. It comes as he was in great mourning for the death of his Master that he wasn’t able to comprehend the news of his Resurrection.
To confirm if it was indeed Jesus who came back from the dead, St. Thomas asked for proof. That was when Jesus asked him to put his fingers in the holes of His hand and into His side. Convinced that the wounds and Resurrection are true, St. Thomas made a public profession of his faith and exclaimed the now popular line, “My Lord and My God!” (Read: These saints’ words in poetry will fuel your faith in God)
Today, St. Thomas the Apostle is considered the patron of architects and builders. His feast is celebrated on this day, July 3.
Prayer to St. Thomas the Apostle
O Glorious Saint Thomas,
your grief for Jesus was such that it
would not let you believe He had risen
unless you actually saw Him and touched His wounds.
But your love for Jesus was equally great
and it led you to give up your life for Him.
Pray for us that we may grieve for our sins
which were the cause of Christ’s sufferings.
Help us to give ourselves in His service
and so earn the title of “blessed” which Jesus applied
to those who would believe in Him without seeing Him.
Prayer from 40daysofprayer.org.