Jesus’ disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side.” – John 20:26-27 (NRSV)
In my childhood church community, we commonly heard this refrain: “Thank God! I don’t look like what I’ve been through!” And sometimes we do escape the fires of life unscorched and unblemished.
But what about those other times?
Along life’s way, I’ve painted over many bruises and scars so that the evidence of my faith could remain intact. But even Jesus didn’t freshen up for his post-tomb appearance, y’all. What a relief it is to remember that an openly wounded Jesus was no less resurrected!
Maybe we should look more like what we’ve been through. To some, our tender, raw, red marks will be evidence that they, too, have not been disqualified from discipleship.
Go on and show yourself.
God, we’re working towards believing what we can’t see. In the meantime, keep showing us yourself. Please? Amen.
Naomi Washington-Leapheart is the Director for Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs for the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement in Philadelphia, PA.