St. Thomas is officially the patron saint of architects, but he must also have a special concern for all those—I imagine many if not all of us—who at some point in our lives have had any doubts about our faith. The account of how he reacted to news of the resurrection is one that speaks to us across the centuries. According to the Gospel of John, Thomas responded: “Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.”
When Jesus appeared to St. Thomas and the other disciplines, eight days later, he told Thomas, “Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side.” What Jesus said next convicts us still today—Do not be unbelieving any more, but believe.
May we, with St. Thomas, exclaim in response: “My Lord and my God!”
This is the final installment of my series on five key saints for the Easter season.