Thinking about “Peace” this second week of Advent, I’ve been reflecting on some of the responses we’ve heard from other communities who’ve had COVID-19 cases. Specifically, the harassment some who’ve tested positive have received. Emergencies tend to bring out our better angels, and our worst selves. “Peace” can be something we work for so zealously that we steamroll over others, or exclude people from the circle of community to preserve “our” peace at all costs.
Tell me, when you hear this teaching, do you hear a story of inclusion or exclusion? When I hear Jesus say: “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” All I can think about is the people who don’t enter through the gate. What about the other sheep? What about those who are left behind?