As I sit and contemplate the coming of Easter and many other events in the life of our Church, I refer to 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. In this passage Paul is urging the community in Corinth to expand their vision and to see that everything has become new. Even though it is human nature to focus on what is broken or imperfect.
In the innocence of childhood, Easter was a time where all was renewed. We wore new clothes; the girls wore bright flowery dresses with little hats. Boys would wear a new jacket and tie. Every Easter the sun shone, and the sky was cobalt blue. Church was always packed so we arrived early guaranteeing a spot in the pews instead of folding chairs.
During the sermon, we were told of the suffering and sacrifices that Jesus had endured and how we were forgiven because of his suffering. As children, we didn’t really realize the true suffering and sacrifice of our Savior. How could we? We believed in the Easter Bunny! This was Easter through a child’s eyes.
What if we looked at things through Jesus’ eyes? He saw through all barriers and boundaries to the point where love conquered all. No brokenness or hopelessness, Jesus saw things through grace-filled eyes. You see, seeing things differently are an opportunity to expand the Reign of God.
This widening of our vision helps to widen our hearts. During Lent it often becomes necessary to shed our old ways, shedding sin and selfishness. This makes way for a resurrected life in which all should strive to live. Remember, Paul asked people to trust in the ministry of reconciliation, to reconcile.
How can our Lenten journey help us see beyond life’s obstacles and stumbling blocks? By listening and casting off the resistance of new visions. We are to accept those sitting in our pews who share God’s vision. Listen and see where love is telling us to go, to bind and to build. Let us heal the hurt, with the ties that bind us back to Christ. We can work to live in the fullness of God’s Creation.
Finally, let’s see the beauty by creating harmony, justice, and reconciliation one act at a time. Happy Easter!
Jim Silvi, Lay Servant