The Last Beatitude

April 19, 2020


April 19, 2020 Sermon Illustration from Zoe Garry: Check this out – one of Swedish photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin’s photographs from her 2017 exhibit, “id:TRANS.” Based off the famous “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” painting by Caravaggio in 1603, the focus of attention is not on the scar of Jesus’ crucifixion but on the post-top-surgery scars of a trans person. It should take nothing more than our own faithful proclamations for others to believe trans people – trans women, trans men, nonbinary trans people – are who we say we are. Blessed be art that inspires, invites, and expands. And “blessed are those who do not need to see to believe.” Image description: The new image by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin is of three people leaning in to look at the chest of a fourth person holding open their shirt. They are looking down at their chest which reveals scars from top surgery. The finger of one of the other people is pointing to/just touching the scars on the chest. This a playoff of the old “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” painting wherein three men are leaning in to look at the bare chest of Jesus post- resurrection. “Doubting Thomas” has his finger inside the wound on Jesus’ chest from a spear.






Bible References

  • John 1:43 - 51
  • John 20:24 - 29