Daily Devotion for 21 December 2022 (4th Wednesday of Advent)

Originally published at: Daily Devotion for 21 December 2022 (4th Wednesday of Advent) | Confident.Faith

Readings

  • Psalm 102
  • Isaiah 42:1–25
  • Revelation 9:1–12
  • Large Catechism, I, 179–188

Commemoration

Today we celebrate the festival of St. Thomas, Apostle. Remembered, perhaps unfairly, as ‘doubting Thomas’, it was Thomas who said: “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.” When Jesus appeared again to the disciples with Thomas present, Thomas, displaying his faith, declared: “My Lord and my God!” According to tradition, Thomas traveled eastward after Pentecost and eventually reached India (where a group who call themselves the “Christians of St. Thomas” still exists). Thomas was martyred for the faith by being speared to death.

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