St. Thomas, Apostle

“Incredulité de Saint Thomas” (The Disbelief of Saint Thomas), a painting by James Joseph Jacques Tissot, circa 1890.

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:24-29

Though slightly late to the party, the apostle Thomas is counted among the eyewitnesses to Jesus’s resurrection. Without him, we would not have this blessing and assurance: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Pictured is his shield, which can be viewed here on campus with the other New Testament Evangelist Shields in Wyneken Hall. The square represents the church that St. Thomas is said to have built in India, whereas the spear is a sign of his martyrdom. Tradition says that he was martyred by a pagan priest, having been first stoned then riddled with arrows, and finally killed with a spear.