Today we are celebrating Thomas the Apostle, known by many as “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas was one of the 12 Apostles but was absent during the Resurrection. The other Apostles appeared before him, explained and exclaimed about what they had seen: the Resurrection of Jesus after his Crucifixion on the cross.
Thomas was not persuaded because he was not there as a firsthand witness. He basically said, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” He had to have positive proof. He wanted to see the wounds on the hands of Jesus where the nails pierced and held Him to the cross. Eventually, Jesus came along and let Thomas see and feel what he needed in order to believe. Jesus knew what he needed to do to convince his disciple that he had indeed been Crucified and Resurrected.
Jesus’ comment to Thomas afterward is telling. Jesus said:
“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
These are words to live by and a message for everyone.
What follows is the message to forge ahead, to keep trying, to never, ever give up. So many of us have had lofty goals and ambitions. A true believer practices believing he can accomplish anything. Those who pay only lip service to their goals and do not put in the necessary work often fail. The final message to Thomas the Apostle: