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A few years ago, I reunited with my biological mother.
Reunited. I like that word because it means to come together after a period of separation or disunity.
Another translation uses the words to bring togetherafter a period of separation.
There is a specific relational action associated with reunion and yet that action remains open and does not imply a specific emotion – positive or negative.
Reunion offers togetherness. And yet, it does so in a way that can honor the journey.
Reunion doesn’t imply instant healing of forgiveness or a relationship without boundaries. Instead, I think that reunion just offers. Here, let’s see one another. Here, let’s see if we can find a way to do this together.
As we approach Holy Week, it is easy for me to focus on the wilderness and the suffering. As someone who tries to remain active in social justice circles, I want to notice what is going on around me. I want to pay attention to the injustices. For me, it can easy to have tunnel vision and to only notice the suffering.
I don’t always remember the promise of reunion.
Maybe you can relate.
But Jesus offers reunion. Jesus offers and invites togetherness. Here, let’s see one another. Here, let’s see if we can find a way do to this together.
When I think about the last few months leading up to Jesus’ death, I cannot help but notice how Jesus continues to lean into relationship, even with Judas – the person he knew was going to inevitably betray him. Jesus continued to offer Judas the gift of relationship.
That invitation of togetherness is hard. And, I know that I am having a hard time with it.
Maybe you know what that is like.
What does it look like to actively pursue togetherness with someone whom is going to hurt us? What does it look like to actively pursue relationship with someone whom you know doesn’t deserve it?
I don’t want to love the Judas’ in my life. I don’t want to offer them relationship.
What does it look like to do so anyways?
Come, here, let’s see one another. Here, let’s see if we can find a way to do this together.
This fifth week of Lent, what relationship do you need to continue to offer? With whom do you need to offer the gift of togetherness? With whom can you offer the gift of reunion?
Here, let’s see one another. Here, let’s see if we can find a way to do this together.
A prayer that has been on my heart from the UUA community has been this:
Go forth in simplicity.
Find and walk the path that leads to compassion and wisdom, that leads to happiness, peace and ease.
Welcome the stranger and open your heart to a world in need of healing.
Be courageous before the forces of hate.
Hold and embody a vision of the common good that serves the needs of all people.