To this day,
they still call me “Doubting Thomas,”
and fine . . .
I’ll own that.
But who here doesn’t doubt?
Who here doesn’t sometimes wonder
if they’re really on the outside looking in?
If maybe God doesn’t really love them
the way they thought he did?
Who here isn’t envious of those
who always seem to get it right,
who have a special connection to God,
who walk through life
like they’ve just had an encounter
with the Risen Christ,
while you sit there thinking,
“But what about me?
What about me, O Lord?”
To this day,
Like all the saints
through all the ages,
we who are baptized
have gone under the water.
We have gone into the grave.
“We have been buried with Christ in his death,
and just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too can walk in newness of life.”
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is challenging at best, and confusing at worst…
Just what is that like to have God’s Spirit poured out all over you?
Jesus was leaving the disciples, having taught them everything they needed to know to be true witnesses to the power of God and the fulfillment of the scriptures. He had prepared them the best he could, to be clothed with power—to receive a spiritual hood symbolizing how far they had come, and how much they were going to accomplish.
What we want the transformative healing that moves us from the sick person on the mat to the well person, who carries and lowers others into the healing waters…
It is the season for sitting around that campfire on the beach with Jesus, basking in his love and care for us, tasting those fresh cooked over a charcoal fire, passing the bread, and trying to take it all in.
Thomas was only able to comprehend the power of his risen Lord in community.
This is why, long ago, the first Christians converts came to be baptized naked and unashamed. Like newborn infants passing through the womb, like the dead rising from the grave without a shroud, those early Christians understood that Christ has clothed himself in our own flesh, and now we clothe ourselves in Christ.