St Thomas was one of the original twelve apostles, his name meaning twin. He was believed to have been a Galilean fisherman, similar to other apostles, Peter, James and John. Though St Thomas is often thought of as the ‘doubter’, he displayed courage in asking for evidence that Jesus was still with them.
"Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." (St Thomas, the Apostle -John 20: 25)
These words, spoken by St Thomas, help remind us of his struggle to believe in what he could not see. He reminds us that faith does not exclude doubt and questions, nor does it exclude moments when we wonder whether God is truly with us. St Thomas challenges us to deepen our faith, trust and commitment to Christ, even if we have not seen him.