Following Lazarus’ resurrection, the disciples were hesitant to return to Judea where the Jews had threatened to stone Jesus. Thomas rebukes his fellow disciples by boldly proposing, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” When Jesus later promises that he will prepare a heavenly home for his followers, a more hesitant Thomas queries, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Last Sunday’s Gospel relates Thomas’ doubts about Christ’s resurrection. However, after seeing Jesus’ wounded body, he confesses, “My Lord and my God”. Mirroring Thomas’ recognition of Christ’s resurrected presence, some Christians softly repeat this phrase while making the sign of the cross when the consecrated host is elevated during the Eucharistic Prayer. After Jesus’ ascension, Thomas, aka “the twin”, is said to have evangelized as far as India. Few texts identify Thomas’ twin, but in a disputed apocryphal text, it is reportedly Jesus himself. In another apocryphal text, Thomas was transported from India to Jerusalem to witness Mary’s death and assumption into heaven at which time she drops her girdle. The apostles are skeptical of Thomas’ story until they view Mary’s empty tomb containing only her girdle.
~ Dr. Gil Haas, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
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