3rd July – Feast of St Thomas, Apostle

Fr Morty O'Shea

stthomasToday is the feast day of the apostle Thomas who is famous for doubting the Resurrection of Jesus when his fellow apostles told him about it. But if he is the sceptical apostle, he is also the believing apostle, for having seen and touched a risen man, he made the immediate leap of faith and so became the first apostle to call Jesus, God. Nothing is known about Thomas’s later life. A well-known apocryphal document called the Acts of Thomas relates his missionary journeys to Persia and India. The journey would have been easy enough – important trade routes lay that way – and if some of the apostles went west, to Rome, the centre of the world, there is no reason why some others should not have chosen to go east, to the edge of the known world.

We will probably never know for certain; but the Christians of Kerala (India)…

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