One Minute Reflection – 3 July – Feast of St Thomas Apostle – Today’s Gospel: John 20:24-29.

One Minute Reflection – 3 July – Feast of St Thomas Apostle – Today’s Gospel: John 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 he 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.”...John 20:24-25unless i see the mark - john 20 - 25 - st thomas - 3 july 2018

REFLECTION – “This was, therefore, a work of divine providence, that the separation of the disciple, would become a harbinger of increasing safety and surety.   For if Thomas had not been absent, he would not have doubted;  and, if he would not have doubted, he would not have sought strangely;  and, if he would not have sought, he would not have felt; and, if he would not have felt, he would not have been convinced of the Lord and God;  and, if he did not call Him Lord and God, then neither would we have been taught to hymn Him thus.   For Thomas, by not being present, has led us towards the truth and later, became more confirmed regarding the faith.”… St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father and Doctorthis was therefore a work of divine providence - st john chrysostom - 3 july 2018

PRAYER – Father, let our celebration on the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, be the source of his unfailing help and protection.   Fill us with Your life-giving grace through our faith in Your Son, Jesus the Christ, whom Thomas acknowledged to be his Lord and his God.   We make our prayer, through our Lord Jesus in union with the Holy Spirit, one God with You, forever and ever, july 2017


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