John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt, but believe.”
“Do not doubt, but believe.” Powerful worlds. Easier said than done most would say, but look who’s saying them. Instead of turning away from being involved in our world, God became flesh and entered the space, time, and substance of this world. He remains with us today in the very real moments of our daily lives in the midst of confusion, disappointment, loss, and joy.
In convincing the doubting Thomas, he also gave us insight and taught us another lesson. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. With these words he invited Thomas to touch and probe his wounds. He offered to Thomas his woundedness, his brokenness, and imperfection. We are called during Lent to offer ourselves to the service of others– not to doubt, but believe, and like Jesus, sometimes that requires us to engage others by showing them our vulnerability. To convince others to believe, we must expose our own wounds.