Manifestations of Christ . . .
This Epiphany season one image keeps flitting through my mind. I snapped this pic of a statue of Jesus at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill last fall.
I was there with a group of faculty and students from Luther Seminary sharing the experience of Pray and Break Bread. When I’ve visited churches of the neighborhoods of the Twin Cities I’ve found it interesting to ask this question:
“What does Jesus look like here?”
We got one answer inside from Pastor Gary Drier’s thinking on his feet. We got another answer outside when he used his hands to complete the image of Jesus in the church’s courtyard. (That’s him behind the statue.)
What has stayed with me about that evening and this picture are a number of ironies:
- a church named “Christ” with a broken Jesus greeting us in the courtyard
- the whiteness of this image of Jesus in a neighborhood with a shrinking white population
- the broken body of Christ which needs human hands to be whole again
- the choice of “jazz hands” which are such a contrast to the melancholy of the statue
- wondering where the hands might have gone and who might have taken them
I’ll simply leave you with my same question on this Epiphany evening . . . what does Jesus look like where you are?