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John 20:18. I have seen the Lord.
My parents were on their way for Easter dinner. They had announced at Christmas their separation after thirty-seven years of marriage, but we were all working hard to come together for holidays. We also invited a husband and wife and their young son, and a couple, two men partnered for twenty years.
During a quick reception after the worship service, Marty, a man from the streets who had been coming to our church, poured a cup of coffee and wrapped a donut in a napkin. We asked him his plans. “Well,” he said, “I have some laundry.” We insisted: “Join us for dinner.” After some cajoling, my husband took Marty to pick up his clothes and brought him to our house. We emptied his trash bag of socks and T-shirts into the washer. I handed him a spoon to work with our daughter on the deviled eggs, and all of the guests began loading the table with our Easter feast.
Never before and never since have I experienced such an Easter dinner. Gathered around this common table were people of all sorts— the lonely, the exuberant, those with broken hearts and fairy-tale loves. It was, I hope and pray, a foretaste of the kingdom. It was a time when I could say, “I have seen the Lord.”
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!