“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
Our daughter was just shy of three years old when our son was born. I had stayed home with her, caring for her, playing with her, and reading to her. There were books all over our house, and one of my greatest joys was reading to Jenny.
When Doug was born, Jenny came to the hospital to help us bring him home. Once home, we tried to include Jenny in activities with her new baby brother.. Imagine my surprise when I peeked into the living room one day to find Jenny reading to Doug as he lay in his baby seat. She was holding a book, running her finger under the words that she couldn’t yet read, just like I did with her. She was telling the story we had read so many times, turning pages at just the right time. She was doing for him what I had done for her.
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you,” Jesus told his followers. For three years his disciples had observed him, watching how he worked. They saw him heal the sick, feed the hungry, preach good news and reach out to those on the margins of society to bring them into the circle of God’s love. Now Jesus was sending them to do for the world what they had seen him do.
You and I are sent in the same way. We are invited to watch Jesus at work in the Scriptures and then go and imitate his work, caring for those Jesus cared about. We have the portraits of Jesus in the Bible; we have images of a loving God in the lives of the saints, and we have the privilege of continuing the work of God as the Body of Christ today. In resurrection power, we are sent to the world as Christ was sent, to share God’s promise of new life.
Prayer: Eternal God, you sent your son to the world to bring the love and life. In the power of his resurrection, he now sends us to the world to continue that work. Help us to act in imitation of Christ, to heal and love, sharing good news that makes a difference in the world for good. Amen.