We live our faith, our own sainthood by being resurrection people. Resurrection people see life in even the darkest times. We are resurrection people when we fulfill the call to Love, our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, pray for those who abuse us. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.
One aspect of being a resurrection person that I’m not so good at is living into my pain, sorrow, and suffering and yet it is the way of the cross the true way of resurrection. I may not be good at it because I’m very pain averse. Which may be why I didn’t play a lot of sports as a kid? Well, that and a total lack of eye-hand coordination.
But the physical, personal sufferings are part of life part of our journey, and by journeying through them, we can find new life a new help. But this is really about one's own personal coming to awareness. We don’t tell those in pain or grief or sorrow it will just make you better. And if someone says to “That which doesn’t kill you will make you stronger, You have my permission to hit them in a non-violent way.
A resurrection view lifts all people. When we have a resurrection view, we see people, not labels. Labels say I know who you are but how you look, what you drive, what bumper stickers are on your car, where you live, the color of your skin. As resurrection people, we see people not labels.
One of the people who had been a contestant on Donald Trump’s Apprentice show said people had been calling her for some sort of quote they could use one way or another. She refused to give them one. But she’s a PR person and does focus groups. She gathered a group of people who shared Mr. Trump’s views on immigration. And she gathered a group of people of various immigration statuses, from undocumented to having newly become a citizen and everything in between. In the first phase, she had each group observe the other through a one-way mirror as the group discussed its point of view. Then she brought the two groups together.
First members of both groups said they normally had little or no conversation on this or other subjects with people they disagreed with. What followed was an honest conversation that was wonderfully boringly, civil and respectful.
As resurrection people we are called to see the humanity in people, we disagree with.
We as a nation have been through a very painful time. Things have been said by all parties that degrade the integrity of the other. The truth is as we hear this darkness it is in our nature to think the other side has said worse things and my side spoke the truth, but in reality, both sides share in a lack of civility.
Maybe things have gone so far this time that many of us will believe there needs to be a new way forward. I hope we can acknowledge the pain we have caused and the pain we have felt.
At the heart of the resurrection vision is the desire not to see labels but to see people.