Catechesis on Thomas The Apostle
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Continuing our catechesis on the Apostles, I wish to reflect today on Thomas the twin. It is most especially in John’s Gospel that we learn about Thomas.
At a dangerous time in our Lord’s life, when he decided to visit Lazarus in Bethany, it was Thomas who said: "Let us also go, that we may die with him".
He shows us that the most important thing is never to distance oneself from Jesus. The life of a Christian is one spent together with the Lord.
At the Last Supper it is Thomas who says: "Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?". His question leads to the celebrated response: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life". Jesus also proclaims these words to us today.
A further episode in Thomas’ life is well known to us all: that of the ‘doubting Thomas’, who says "unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails … I will not believe". Yet, once Jesus appears to him he utters the most splendid profession of faith in all the New Testament: "My Lord and my God!"
Let us take heart from the life of Thomas: he comforts us in our uncertainty; shows us that doubt can lead to spiritual growth, and he helps us learn from Jesus the true meaning of mature faith, encouraging us to persevere as disciples of Christ!
Papa Ratzi forum