“It is the self-planted in us by the God who made us in God’s own image – the self that wants nothing more, or less, than for us to be who we were created to be.” – Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak
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Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
The two men who were rejuvenated over their mystical encounter with the risen Christ on their way to Emmaus, have returned to Jerusalem in today’s scripture.
They were in the process of telling the others the Good News that death did not have the last word with Jesus, that “he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread,” when another mystical encounter occurred.
Jesus shows up again amongst them.
Here we see the radical message of Jesus spelled out in his first words to them: “Peace be with you.”
Are you kidding?
Not, “Thanks a lot for turning your backs on me in my time of need!”
Not, “I can’t believe how dense you all are in not getting what I was trying to tell you!”
Not, “What is wrong with you!”
There was no scolding or retribution for their callous abandonment of him.
Instead, Jesus offered them unconditional peace.
He forgave, just as he had forgiven all while hanging on the cross.
Jesus’ whole life was about dying to his ego’s desires so that God’s desires could rise in him.
He had perfectly modeled his teaching, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).
The life Jesus found was in the service of those in need.
He modeled mercy, compassion, and forgiveness.
He modeled his command to love your enemies (Matthew 5:44).
His message of peace was not through only pacifism but in non-violent confrontation.
Jesus demonstrated how to serve those who are impoverished or oppressed, and to peacefully stand up to injustice.
We are called to follow his example and to do so without fear knowing that all struggles, even physical death itself, will lead to transformation and new life!
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