Beloved in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
St. Thomas day is observed on the 3rd of July across the Christian world. This day is vital in the Christian calendar, as to celebrate and pay homage to Saint Thomas also known as “Didymus” one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Churches and Christians in Kerala believe that the apostle came to Kerala and was the founder of Christianity in the southern part of India. Thomas was known as doubting Thomas. But later he was known as a Martyr for Christ. Why Jesus accepted the doubting and backsliding Thomas as his apostle ?
Thomas was an extra courageous man. When all other disciples were inside the room in Jerusalem after Jesus’s crucifixion Thomas was not with them. He freely moved outside without any fear. That’s why he couldn’t get the first resurrected appearance of Jesus. But for Thomas, Jesus appeared again and removed all of his doubts. Once when Jesus said about his journey to Jerusalem and crucifixion, Thomas was the man said to other disciples to get ready to die with Jesus.
Thomas was a man bold enough to be on his own stand and opinion. When all the disciples said about their experience of resurrected Christ, he didn’t believe it. Thomas said until unless I experience the same, I wouldn’t believe. He did not establish his faith on others experiences. He needed his personal conformation for his faith. But when Jesus gave his personal presence to him he said the renowned Faith creed “’The Lord My God”. After this experience and faith confirmation, Thomas came to India as an Apostle and became Martyr of Jesus Christ. Thus the Indian Christians are known as ‘St. Thomas Christians’.
In the month of July our Yuvajana Sakhyam is planning to conduct summer class ‘’Ente Malayalm’’ with the intention of nurturing our children in Malayalam. Kindly make use of this opportunity. And also pray for the St. Thomas Centre for our regular services and other activities.
May God bless you all.