April 15 Lectionary Reflection

Washington Office Director Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about fear and the gift of peace in the lectionary reflection for the April 15 passages.

Fear of “the other” also remains a powerful factor leading to anti-immigrant laws. We are so afraid of losing what we have or who we love that we become someone we do not want to be.

Returning to our Easter evening story, we learn that Jesus “came and stood among” the disciples, despite the locked doors. His presence brings power that is rooted in peace (20:19b), not fear or weapons. Then he breathes on them and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit, not so unlike the breath of life God breathed into the newly-formed human being in Genesis 2:7.

Read the entire reflection here.

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