Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (John 20.27)
Sometimes wounds leave permanent marks, don’t they? Battle scars. Jesus kept his. Often, we keep ours too.
Jesus didn’t have to, but he kept the scars. A deliberate choice. Have you ever pondered why? You could google it and find some interesting answers (Aquinas listed most of the ones you’ll find), but before you do that, take some time to pray and meditate on it yourself. What does his choice to keep the scars tell you about Jesus? About following him?
I think that’s enough to reflect on for a week. Or a lifetime.