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Speed let us follow them, whose Travails have SĖ RM.
ended in so sweet a Reft : Let us follow them XV.
who have followed our Lord, and not be cor-
rupted by the Examples of the Carelefs. Let
us not any more celebrate in vain these facred
Memories, to be only a Reproach to our un-
profitable Lives: But for the future, when
ever we celebrate the Saints, let'us mingle Re-
folves to imitate them allo. For they are the
Praises most delightful to them, whose Chari-
ty rejoices at the Conversion of us: They are
the Feasts most profitable to us, whose Weak-
ness has occasion for their Example: Psal.
cxxxii. And let us learn but of them to be
humble and meek, to submit all our Wishes
to the Will of Heaven; to govern our Senses
by the Rule of Reason, and our Reason by
the Dictates of God and Religion ; to design
our whole Life in order to our End, and
establish for 'our End the Bliss of Eternity;
These holy Lessons let our Lives but tran-
scribe, and than never let us fear the Accep-
tance of our Praise : For our Praises of the
Saints are then the most acceptable, when our
honouring them becomes an Occasion of be-
Thou therefore, 0 Almighty God, who hast
knit together thine Elect in one Communion ando
SERM. Fellowship, in the mystical Body of tby Son
XIV. Christ our Lord; Grant us Grace fo to follow
thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly Liv-
ing, that we may come to those unspeakable
Joys, which thou hast prepared for them that
unfeignedly love thee, through Jesus Christ our
Lord: To whom with thee and the Holy Ghost,
may thy whole Church, militant on Earth, tri-
umphant in Heaven, unite in afcribing all Ho-
nour, Glory, Might, Majesty, and Dominion,
now and for ever. Amen,
JOHN xx. 24. But Thomas, one of the Twelve, called Didymus, was not with them, when Jesus came. 25:
The other Disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But be said unto them, Except I fall fee in his Hands the Print of bis Nails, and put my Finger into the Print of the Nails, and thrust my Hand into his Side, I will not believe.
26. And after eight Days, again bis Disciples were within, and Thomas with them: Then came Jesus, the Doors being fut, and stood in the Midst, and said, Peace be un
Then faith be to Thomas : Reach hither thy Finger, and behold Hands ; and
SERM. reach hither thy Hand, and thrust it into XV. my Side, and be not faithless but believing:
28. And Thomas answered and said unto to bim, My Lord, and my God.
29. Jesus faith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed : Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
HAVE read to you almost the whole
Gospel for the Day, all of it indeed,
that bears any particular Relation to the Festival, which is dedicated to the Memory of the Apostle St THOMAS. An Apostle of whom the other three Evangelitts are almost wholly filent, none of them mentioning him upon any other Account, than in the Catalogue of the Apostles. Matt. x. 3. Mar. iii. 18. Luk. vi. 15. Asts i. 13; What other Relation we have of him in the Scriptures, is in the Gospel of St John, from whence I have taken 'my Text. And he indeed speeks of him, but four Times in all : ch. xi. 16.- xiv. 5.-XX. 24, &c.—xxi. 2. However, whatever he says gives us some little Light into his History and Temper. I shall therefore, just recount to you, the
three former Occasions, upon which he is SERM.
mentioned, before I enlarge upon the Passage, XV.
which I have chosen for the principal Sub-
ject of my Discourse.
For from these we learn, that besides
the Name of Thomas, he was also called
Didymus ; ch. xi. 16. - XX. 24.
which is the fame in Greek, as Thomas is in
Hebrew, both fignifying, A Twin. It being
customary with the Jews, when travelling in-
to foreign countries, or familiarly conversing
with Greeks or Romans, to take to themselves
a Greek or Latin Name, of she same Signi-
cation with that of their own Country,
That our Apostle was a Jew, his Call as
well as his Name will convince us. For our Sa-
viour, we know, never chose any to be of the
Number of his Apostle, who were not of his
own Country. That he was a Galilean is con-
jectured, tho' without any other Proof than that
most of the Apostles were called in Galilee. That
he was a Fisherman by Trade, seems likely from
what is said of him in the last Chapter of St
John; where we find, that when Peter was dis-
posed to go a fishing, Thomas was one of those
that accompanied him, ch. xxi. 2, 3.
As to his Temper, it is certain from all that St John fays of him, that he was very