For the Feast of St.Thomas The Apostle

Once again we come to the eve of St. Thomas’s feast day, so I am posting again my sonnet on favourite New Testament character!

July the 3rd is the Feast of St. Thomas the apostle. Sometimes known as ‘doubting Thomas, but maybe honest Thomas, courageous Thomas, even Tenacious Thomas would be nearer the mark!
I thank God for St. Thomas, the one disciple who had the courage to say what everyone else was thinking but didnt dare say, the courage to ask the awkward questions that drew from Jesus some of the most beautiful and profoundly comforting of all his sayings. “We dont know where you’re going, how can we know the way”? asked Thomas, and because he had the courage to confes his ignorance, we were given that beautiful saying “I am the way the Truth and the Life” Here is the poem I have written for St. Thomas, and also a sermon called ‘Touching the Wounds’ which I preached this Sunday at St. Edwards.

This sonnet is drawn from my collection Sounding the Seasons, published by Canterbury Press here in England. The book is now back in stock on both Amazon UK and USA and physical copies are available in Canada via Steve Bell. The book is now also out on Kindle. Please feel free to make use of these sonnets in church services and to copy and share them. If you can mention the book from which they are taken that would be great.

I am greateful to Margot Krebs Neale for the thought-provoking image above, you can hear the poem by clicking on the ‘play’ button below or on the title of the poem and you can hear the sermon on my podcast site by clicking here: Touching The Wounds

St. Thomas the Apostle


“We do not know… how can we know the way?”

Courageous master of the awkward question,

You spoke the words the others dared not say

And cut through their evasion and abstraction.

Oh doubting Thomas, father of my faith,

You put your finger on the nub of things

We cannot love some disembodied wraith,

But flesh and blood must be our king of kings.

Your teaching is to touch, embrace, anoint,

Feel after Him and find Him in the flesh.

Because He loved your awkward counter-point

The Word has heard and granted you your wish.

Oh place my hands with yours, help me divine

The wounded God whose wounds are healing mine.


oh place my hands with yours, help me divine
the wounded God whose wounds are healing mine


Filed under christianity, literature, St. Edward's

8 responses to “For the Feast of St.Thomas The Apostle

  1. Blanche

    Constantly amazed at how you touch the heart and spirit. Thank you.

  2. Trevor Waldock

    Just perfect. Thank you

  3. Thomas the Believer. – Just in case we’d missed the point of incarnation… Good poem. Very.

  4. Sally Phalan

    One of my favorites, Malcolm, thank you again, your work is such a blessing, good food for the soul! On another note, I was just looking for your wonderful talks on CS Lewis and the other Inklings and can’t find a link on your blog. I want to listen to them again as well as your Christ and the Cambridge Poets series, is that still possible?

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks Sally. Yes the talks are all still there. If you type ‘Inklings ‘ into the search box in the right hand panel and press search you’ll get all the links. And if you type in Cambridge poets you’ll get those. If you click on the Gwyneth Lewis one you’ll get links to all the rest M

      • Sally Phalan

        Thanks so much, Malcolm! I was away and for whatever reason I didn’t get notice of your reply, I’m really glad to have that information. Thanks again for all the gifts you spread so generously. Blessings, Sally

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