June, with its graduations and socials following, always seem to pass by so quickly and we find ourselves once again in the month of July, July, the seventh month of the Julian calendar was named after the Roman general Julius Caesar. Prior to that time it was called Quintilis. Before we celebrate Independence Day on the fourth of July, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Thomas on July 3rd. Practically all the information we know about Thomas is found in the Gospel of St .John. Although his understanding of Jesus' mission was originally quite confused, Thomas was undoubtedly a loyal and devoted follower of his Master. when Jesus spoke of returning to Judea, Thomas was ready to go and "die with him", an attitude that revealed his courage and sincere devotion to Christ, During Our Lord's last discourse, in the context of Jesus' ultimate journey, Thomas failed to understand Christ's words about his destination and the way to it. His question evoked from Jesus the mysterious reply, "I am the way, the truth and the life." Finally, in John's twentieth chapter, the original doubting Thomas demanded tangible and precise proof before believing in Christ's resurrection. Jesus complied with his unbelieving Apostle's exact requirements which drew from him the significant confession, "My Lord and my God."
St. Thomas' confession is the most explicit statement of Jesus' Lordship and Divinity found in the Gospels. In later Christian tradition and legend, Thomas is said to have evangelized the lands between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf, even venturing further east into India. He is looked upon as the patron saint of architects, stone masons and stone cutters.
Fr John R. Mulvehill