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 St. Thomas Day

St. John 11:5-16

v. 16: Then Thomas (also known as Didymus said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

When we think of St. Thomas, we often think, oh doubting Thomas.  Even growing up, when people ask me about my Church, what does Mar Thoma mean?  When I mention St. Thomas, immediately in their mind, oh yeah, doubting Thomas.  But more than that, we should think of our heritage as St. Thomas Christians, and at the same time, learn some lessons from his life for us to grow as Christians.
In v. 16, we see that Thomas tells his fellow disciples “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”  When the news of the unexpected demise of Lazarus reached Jesus, Jesus tells His disciples that they proceed to Bethany.  There was fear that filled all the disciples, they were scared that the Jewish leaders who may catch Jesus will kill Him and them, but Thomas says this statement to be with Christ even to the point of death.  So, in our mindset, more than just labeling him as doubting, we can see him as "loyal Thomas".
We see St. Thomas’ weakness in doubt highlighted as his characteristic, but in reality, it is quite easy for us to label without introspecting about our own lives.  It is quite hypocritical because we have been through a significant number of struggles and challenges which we have often doubted.  Faith is a growing project within us that can continue to grow all throughout human life, and we should understand how vulnerable we are and how committed we should be to Him.  Imperfect as Thomas was, we can learn from him that even in such situations we can commit to God and surrender our uncertainties to Him who is always certain.  As we continue to grow in faith, we can also learn to meaningfully exclaim proudly to our God “My Lord and My God”.


Triune God, thank You for enabling us to be part of a great heritage of being called St. Thomas Christians.  Thank You for sending him to India so that our ancestors and generations that follow can grow in true faith.  Guide us to realize weak as we are, we should also persevere in faith and be fully committed to You.  In Christ’s name, we pray, Amen.


“Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Rev. Jess M. George,
N.E. Regional Youth Chaplain

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