Thomas is often discredited and shamed due to his presence of doubt at the resurrection of Our Lord prior to his seeing him face-to-face. However, I take a different view towards Thomas – whom I share a name with – “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Thomas is a model Christian all the same, being a closer representation to the contemporary disciple than any who are said to have never struggled with doubt. Doubt is not something to be shamed, it is a natural obstacle upon our pilgrimage of life – which while also being a stone to stumble over, is also necessary for true growth. From my perspective, for faith to truly be meaningful to the believer, it is something we must grapple with, both through education, prayer and even doubt at times.
After the resurrection of Our Lord, Thomas lived a long life, serving as an evangelist and missionary, most often cited for his service in India as the cornerstone and founder of the tradition of Christians which would take his namesake as “St. Thomas Christians”.
Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,
allowed your holy apostle Thomas
to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.