Who was St. Thomas?
St. Thomas was one of Yesu's disciples. His name
was probably Judas because he is often referred to as Judas Dydimus Thomas.
The name Thomas comes from the Greek word thoma, which means twin. So
does the Aramaic name Didymus, also mean twin. Thomas was known as the twin
of Christ, and as 'the brother of Christ'. Thomas had grown so much in his
spiritual life that people considered him to be like Christ. They often
called him the twin of Christ, or brother of Christ. Several references in
the scriptures say that Thomas and Yesu looked alike. Even evil spirits
thought that Thomas looked like Christ - see Acts of Thomas - and feared him
greatly for this and for his divine powers.
Christ commissioned Thomas to preach the truth in
India in 45AD. This is where Thomas did most of his work. People recognised
him as a teacher and a servant of the true God after Thomas had done many
miracles. Thomas did not only convert the unbelievers but he raised the
dead, cast out evil spirits and started Church of the East in the North of
India. Before his martyrdom he had already ordained and initiated many
deacons and priests.
St. Tomas taught the Church the various holy rites,
he left a body of Yesu Scripture and preached from the Scriptures of the
Awakening to teach and nurture the Church.
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