July 3rd is the Feast Day to especially think of St. Thomas, one of Jesus’ apostles. He was the one who was not in the room when Jesus appeared to the rest of the disciples after his resurrection. Thomas could not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead on Easter Day. He said he needed to see Jesus so that he could believe. A few days later the disciples were all together, including Thomas, and Jesus appeared among them. Thomas saw him and believed.
Over the centuries many people have believed, and passed on, the good news of Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection and ascension into Heaven, even though they have not seen Him. This has been by word of mouth, stained glass windows, pictures and books.
Many people have also doubted the truth about Jesus, or “Thought there may be something in it, but is it relevant today?” In an ever increasingly secular society yes, Jesus and His teachings are relevant today. His commandment to love your neighbour (everyone) as yourself, means that living a greedy, selfish, thoughtless, disrespectful, unkind, or self-centred life is still wrong.
We need to be Jesus’ eyes, ears, voice, hands and feet as we go about our daily lives. We also need help to keep on the right path in our lives. This we can do in the family of our village churches where we can gather help from God for our daily lives. Try it, and doubting days may be over.
It is amazing how often, during a time in church, a solution to a worry or problem can pop into one’s mind.
May God be with us always and in all ways.