HAPPY FEAST OF ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE : THE GOSPEL OF ST JOHN 20:24 -29
Thomas called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. When they said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I 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.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the same house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to them: ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.
The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the Patron of our Parish is celebrated on 3rd July, in the Calendar of the Church. As a Parish Community, Sunday is the Day we gather to celebrate this feast in a unique manner. Since this Feast brings every nationality and group in our Parish together, we also called it: International Day. The Scripture says that at the mention of the Name of Jesus Christ: Every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil 2:10). Jesus unites us as a Community of His Disciples. Hence, we join St. Thomas in the profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and God. He recognised Jesus from a deep personal experience, after he has seen and touched Him. Jesus tells us: Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe. Indeed, I am happy to celebrate Jesus Christ with St. Thomas as: My Lord and My God! Let us be happy today and celebrate our life and faith in Jesus our Lord and God.
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP