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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 3, 2018

Tuesday of the 13th   Week in Ordinary Time


 Ephesians 2:19-22

 Psalm 117:1-2

Gospel JN 20:24-29


Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord." But Thomas said to them, "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." Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."


Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

 

Feast of St. Thomas (Apostle)

 

Today we are celebrating the feast of St. Thomas the apostle. The Aramaic Teoma, renders Thomas which means “Twin.” In the synoptic Gospels Thomas name is mentioned only in the list of the apostles. But in the Fourth Gospel (11:16:14:5: .24, 26-29: 21:2) he appears in three places and plays an important role.


For the first time, Thomas appears in Chapter 11 of John. In the context of the death of Lazarus Jesus was preparing to move to Bethany. Other Disciples were trying to prevent him, saying: “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Then Thomas said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him” ( Jn 11: 16). Here we see the courage and boldness of Apostle Thomas. He had a deep love towards his master and was prepared to sacrifice his life for him. He challenges us to be courageous in the face of difficulties. Miguel Cervantes says: “He who loses wealth loses much: he who loses a friend loses more: he who loses courage loses all.”


In the second instance Thomas appears in the Chapter 14 of John when Jesus is speaking about the way to the father. The Thomas says to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus says to him “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14: 6). Thus Thomas becomes instrumental in eliciting from Jesus the great truth that he is the way to the Father.


Thirdly, Thomas appears in chapter 20 of John. When the risen Lord appears to the apostles, Thomas was not with them and he did not believe. When Jesus appears after eight days he invites Thomas to touch him and believe in him (Jn 20: 27). Thomas confesses his faith in the Lord saying: “My Lord and my God!” Here we see one of the great confessions of faith in the NT.


After the ascension of the Lord, Thomas preached the Gospel in Parthia, Media etc., and arrived at Kodungalloor, Kerala in 52 AD. He established seven churches there. His martyrdom came in 72 AD when he was pierced with the lance by one of his enemies at Mylapore. As we celebrate his feast let us pray for his intercession that we may grow in our missionary zeal, deep faith and strong courage.


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