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Accused 2,000 Times

Oh Thomas, my Thomas!

We've accused you almost 2,000 times

(Each year since our Lord Ascended)

Of having no faith

Of having no courage.

In your despair over the death of our Lord

You doubted your brothers

Who told you the good news of the Resurrection (John 20:25).

When you declared your need for proof,

Our Lord chastened you (John 20:27).

And yet, without hesitation, you recognized the risen Jesus and

Immediately exclaimed: "My Lord and my God!’ (John 20:28).

For He was the one to whom you pledged your own death

And roused your brothers to follow suit:

"Let us also go, that we may die with Him" (John 11:16).

You were courageous because Christ had already shown you the path.

"I am the way, the truth, and the life...

No one comes to the Father except through Me' (John 14:5-6)."

That is why He entrusted you to gather the lost sheep and

Proclaim the good news (Mt 10:6-7).

You lacked no faith in Christ as you were given authority

Over unclean spirits and you cast them out...

You were blessed to cure every disease and every sickness (Mt. 10:1).

This was so important that Matthew repeated it.

Cure the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, and raise the dead (Mt. 10:8).

On this Sunday of Thomas, we beg you to

Teach us how to be 'constantly devoting ourselves to prayer' (Acts 1:14).

An icon of St. Thomas the Apostle.


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