Station 15 – Jesus is resurrectedPosted: April 6, 2012
Abundance of Life in Community
Sometimes we don’t recognize that which can save us.
Sometimes we don’t recognize people for who they are.
When Mary was weeping at the tomb, she didn’t recognize Jesus when he appeared to her. He was the one she wanted more than anything. But when she saw him, she only saw a gardener—which wasn’t really him.
To get her attention, he called her by name. In being recognized, she recognized him. This is how it is with human beings sometimes. In being recognized, in being called by name, we suddenly become more present.
When the disciples were walking down the road to Emmaus, they didn’t recognize Jesus, even after he walked with them for awhile, teaching and sharing with them. It was only when they sat down to dinner and Jesus broke the bread that their eyes were opened and they recognized him.
In knowing and calling each other by name, in breaking bread together, we can become awake and aware of each other as individuals and as people with distinct identities. When we step outside our blinding grief or fear or whatever it is that keeps us isolated or in conflict, we see and are more deeply bound to one another in community.
“Salvation” as Jesus and his contemporaries often spoke of it meant a wholeness of life, justice, and communal and personal health and well-being. In this sense, our salvation depends upon the survival of the world.
While we are a planet filled with many different people-groups, cultures, ages, sexual orientations, languages, genders, traditions, religions, and spiritualities, we also share in common our human identity and our planet.
This piece represents our commitment to recognizing the Christ in each other, the divinity and the full humanity of each person. This is a commitment to practicing resurrection. Recognizing each other changes everything.
Practice Resurrection. Recognize Jesus. Recognize divinity and humanity in each person. Practice and practice and practice it.
Group collaboration with Nanette Sawyer
Allison Sichling and
mixed media, images and fabric
Scripture related to this station is included in the comments of this post.