Oct.13, 2020, John 20:19-23
Fear seems to be in abundant supply these days, whether that’s the pandemic, the economy, the political landscape, the environmental chaos, and on and on and on. It’s easy to want to hide behind locked doors and hope the world goes away.
The disciples were afraid too – even on the evening of Jesus’ resurrection! Didn’t they believe Mary when she told them Jesus was raised from the dead? Or was their fear so great they couldn’t entertain the possibility Mary was right?
Jesus understood his disciples’ fear and no locked doors would keep him from being present!
Jesus showed up!
He showed up and offered his peace to quiet their hearts. He showed up and offered evidence of who he was and quieted their minds. Then he gave them the same mission to the world that he had: to show up and bring peace to hearts and truths to minds.
And we have that same mission – to show up as Jesus did and breath his love and truth into people’s fears.
Saint Francis so beautifully put our mission into prayer; use this as your prayer today as you show up for the world:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.