St. Thomas, Apostle
On July 3rd we celebrate the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle.
He was part of the group of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, although he appears on few occasions in the gospels, he became famous for his distrustful character and for his resistance to believing in the risen Jesus, as described in the gospel of John in the account of the apparitions:
"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."
However, going through those moments of doubt and disbelief, he was able to overcome himself and strengthen his faith in Christ. And this is the teaching that he leaves us: “You have believed because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have believed without having seen."
Saint Thomas teaches us that, although there are certain moments in our lives when faith is tested through pain, ignorance, misunderstanding, difficulties, etc. But we must not let ourselves be overcome by doubt, nor must we be frightened; on the contrary, we have to look for the answers that make our faith strong.