Rosellas, ©Graham Vawser
Our Easter experience has two parts. At one point we realise that by the love of God, Jesus shows up in all the daily situations of our life and shares all our experience. And this leads to a realisation that in the love of God we too must show up to others with our awareness of the blessings which Jesus can bring into all the circumstances of their lives. Like the earliest followers of Jesus we, too, are witnesses to the love of God which continues to show up in our world.
Luke 24: 36b-48 (NRSV)
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
You, Jesus, are the one who shows up when we need you.
When we look at this world and wonder how it got this way,
when we see the devastation of lands and waters of creation marred at our hands,
we find it hard to know that you remain in control,
that you are still with us.
Help us show up when anyone needs a friend.
Guide us to the streets, shelters and prisons;
show us refugees, runaways, and those with the deepest needs.
May they see your love in us, so that they might discover and experience
your abiding, generous, uncomplicated love.
And when we need a friend,
when we doubt,
be with us.
Grant us a sense of joy that overwhelms our worst fears;
grant us your peace;
and grant us full hearts
to know you when you show up,
and to show up ourselves
in those places where you want us to be signs of your love.
-adapted from Seasons of the Spirit