We have had such an emotional week. Can I get an Amen? We honored and remembered the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We observed National Day of Racial Healing. We remembered the 400,000 people who lost their lives during this pandemic and prayed for their loved ones. We expressed our gratitude for first responders. We celebrated the beginning of a new chapter in our American democracy as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took office. We are in a time when we need to acknowledge the need for unity and healing. As President Joe Biden encouraged us in his inaugural speech: “Let’s begin to listen to one another again. Hear one another, see one another, show respect to one another.”
There is just so much emotion going on inside me. If I could paint my feelings, the fireworks that we saw at the end of the concert on Wednesday evening is the perfect visual image I would express in a painting. Fireworks represent the release of repressed feelings, and they also symbolize happiness and joy.
Are these the feelings the first disciples felt at the very first Easter? I wonder. They, too, must have felt an immense joy and renewed hope. Amanda Gorman, in her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” encourages us to “step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid, the new dawn blooms as we free it. (…) For there is always light, if only we were brave enough to see it, if only we were brave enough to be it.”
“To see it and to be it” are powerful words to believe and follow. In today’s Gospel reading, we recall Jesus calling the disciples, and we, too, per our baptism, are called to share the Good News, to share God’s love and peace. The prayer of St. Teresa of Avila reminds us that Christ has no hands but ours. Click here for the song that is accompanied by a slideshow. How is God calling you to be, build and preach God’s peace today?
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