Thomas was not on that occasion in the one place that could have nurtured and given life to his personal faith, which was the community.
John 20: 24 – 29.
Tradition calls St. Thomas ‘Doubting Thomas’ because he asked for proof of Jesus’ resurrection. In telling the story, St. John said that the previous occasion, when Jesus appeared to the disciples Thomas was not with them. That is significant.
We do not believe on our own. Faith needs a community of believers to help it to grow. (CCC 1253). Is it any wonder that Thomas did not believe and wanted proof? Thomas was not on that occasion in the one place that could have nurtured and given life to his personal faith, which was the community.
Nonetheless, his deep desire for proof prompted Jesus to address him personally on his second appearing at which time Thomas made a profound profession of faith: ‘My Lord and my God’.
St. Thomas’ journey reminds us that we ought to always find our way into our faith community. And when necessary, we must not hesitate to ask Jesus to strengthen our sometimes shaky faith.