Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish in Glen Mills, PA
Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 117:1bc, 2, & John 20:24-29
St. Thomas the Apostle
My Lord and my God!”
I believe there are many things in life we have to “take on faith,” however, I don’t believe “our faith” should be one of them. For example, we have faith in teachers to educate our children and keep them in a safe environment. We have faith in the chef at a restaurant to properly prepare the meal we ordered. We have faith in the pilot of the plane we are flying in.
Our faith needs to engage our heads and hearts; I suspect that a “healthy skepticism” will help us grow in a better understanding of our faith. For the record, it’s OK to ask questions about our faith, and it’s OK to research the questions we may have.
One definition of faith is a belief or a firm conviction in something like a body or religious doctrines when evidence or proof is lacking. Another aspect of faith is trust. For example, because someone has been trustworthy, truthful, and dependable, we come to have faith in them.
The above brings us to Saint Thomas the Apostle, the patron saint of the parish in which I currently serve as a deacon. Quite frankly, I believe Saint Thomas has been given a “bum rap,” and quite possibly why I chose Thomas as my Confirmation name. As we know, he was nicknamed “Doubting Thomas” because of what we encountered in today’s Gospel narrative. Was our Lord chastising Thomas, not so much for seeking evidence, but because his trust in his fellow disciples was, well, “doubting?”
There are many times in our lives where we may have to rely on others. We must trust in their belief in times of great sorrow and loss, misfortune and disaster, as well as many other types of hardship, such as COVID-19. Friends, that is my personal experience of a Christian community. It is when we believe and trust others to help us in our time of need. Therefore, isn’t it essential for us to trust and believe in Jesus during those times of need?
However, if our only experience of the Risen Christ is through the experience of others, then we are not living faithfully. Through the gift of faith, we are able to recognize the presence of the Risen Lord in our lives. The Holy Spirit reveals the Lord Jesus to us and helps us grow in knowledge and understanding of God and His ways.
Question of the Day: Is your faith powerful enough to raise your eyes to heaven and pray to Jesus, saying, “My Lord and my God?”
Prayer: “You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe! Alleluia, alleluia.”