Re: Devotional Thoughts for New Sunday - 30th March 08
- Respected Mr. Jose Kurian
Appreciate if you can give more references for the below statements
1. When others were frightened of the Jews...
2. It is traditionally believed that St. Thomas reached his finger..
Shinu Jesus Abraham
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--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Jose Kurian Puliyeril wrote:
> Immediately our Lord handed over the authority to the blessed
Apostles to forgive the sins, saying "whose sins are remitted by
you, they are remitted unto them, and whose sins you retain they are
retained." 24th Verse says that St. Thomas, our Apostle was not
there. St. Thomas was brave and he had staunch faith in God
Almighty. He was not afraid of the Jews and hence he had gone out
when others were frightened of the Jews and they remained in the
room in fear and by closing the door. But when he came back, others
told him what had happened in his absence. They all said "We have
seen the Lord." But he said, "Except I shall see in his hands the
print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails
and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe."
> For this reason only our Lord appeared to them all once again
after 8 days when St. Thomas was with his colleagues. There is no
reason for the denial of St. Thomas when our Lord asked him to reach
his finger and to behold our Lord's hand. It is traditionally
believed that St. Thomas reached his finger through the print of
nails in our Lord's palms and he did put his hand in the wound on
the side of our Lord and all the other Apostles kissed the hands of
the Apostle of India, as it had touched the living blood and flesh
of our Lord. The tradition says that it was the beginning of the Kai
Muthu (Kissing the blessed hands of the celebrant) after the Holy
> the celebrant handles the flesh and blood of our Savior.
> May God bless us all.
> Jose Kurian Puliyeril.