When it comes to celebrating Easter, the resurrection is the clue to look back at the cross more closely. While to the normal bystander the whole scene looked like the tragic end to an otherwise promising itinerant rabbi’s ministry, it was so much more for those who slow down and look deeper.
If we really want to see reconciled relationships across racial and ethnic lines in our community, we have to become friends with people unlike us such that we are invited into their homes. If we do this in the church, we'll see an incredible change in our midst. If we do it with those in our community, we will breed trust that invites people to join us and investigate our faith and life together.