.- Speaking to some 30,000 faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square this morning, Pope Benedict continued his study on the twelve Apostles, speaking of the Apostle Thomas. The Holy Father said that, like Thomas, all Christians should persevere in adhering to the path of the Lord despite the difficulties that will arise.
Benedict said the first point the Gospels make about the St. Thomas is “his determination in following the Master." The Pope spoke of the fear the Apostles felt as Jesus made his way to Jerusalem the Apostle's exhortation to his companions to accompany Jesus to Jerusalem, even knowing the dangers involved. This determination "reveals total availability in adhering to Jesus, to the point of identifying one's fate with His...Christian life is defined as a life with Jesus Christ, a life to be lived with Him."
“At the same time,” the Pope continued, “the question also confers us the right, so to speak, to ask Jesus for explanations. This way we express the shallowness of our ability to understand, at the same time we set ourselves in an attitude of trust, like those who await the light and strength from the one able to give this to us".
The day after Easter, is the first time Thomas displays a moment of doubt, the Pope continued. In the well known scene, the Apostle says he is unable to recognize the Risen Jesus until he places his hand in the wound in His side. "In the end, these words demonstrate the conviction that by now Christ is recognized not as much by His face but by His wounds. Thomas believes that the qualifying signs of Jesus are above all, now, the wounds, which reveal to what point He loved us. As to this, the Apostle is correct."