The Path to Peace
Tuesday, April 21
Why is Jesus always portrayed in movies as a calm, stoic teacher who never has any fun? This post-resurrection scene paints a different picture. Here, Jesus suddenly appears among his disciples who are cowering in a locked room. Why? Probably to see the looks on their faces. (I’m pretty sure he still knew how to knock on a door.)
Jesus brings the gift of peace to his disciples. It is a gift that comes with a task: forgive. We are reminded again that forgiveness is not an option for Christians. Forgiveness is a thin space in the boundary between heaven and earth, a place where our actions have divine implications. But forgiveness is hard—at times it is nigh impossible. Thankfully we have an example to look to: Jesus, who daily forgives you and me, who know not what we do.
Jesus makes no exceptions to his command to forgive, so let’s get started.
God of grace, today I forgive _________ as you have forgiven me. AMEN.