We're right in the middle of the Epiphany season at the Chapel of the Resurrection. It's a time for recognizing the identity of Jesus as God's chosen one who brings life and salvation to all of humanity when he, who is both our God and our brother, comes among us.
The Bible readings for this season recount story after story of how both Jesus' humanity and divinity are made evident in word and deed throughout his ministry. These readings bear witness to the identity of Jesus. They are the means of epiphany (or revelation) for us and, beyond bringing news to us, they call us to bear witness to the presence of Christ in the world.
There are all kinds of ways to bear such witness. One that is often overlooked, but sorely needed, is that of working for reconciliation when relationships are strained or broken. My guess is that all of us can think of one person with whom our relationship is marked by tension, if it isn't broken. Reconciliation of conflict is often hard work and it's nearly always laden with fear and anxiety, but the same Scriptures that announce the presence of Jesus can also serve as a guide along the way.
Mediator Ken Sande, in his book The Peacemaker, outlines four steps that mark the path toward reconciliation. He calls them, "The Four G's." I have found them a helpful outline in my life and offer Sande's summary here.
A more detailed description of the principals of Biblical peacemaking described in Ken Sande's book is available at http://tinyurl.com/peacemaking
As always, if you would like to talk personally with a pastor about these or any other issues in your life, Pastor Char and I are available to meet with you.
Peace and joy,
Jan. 22, 2013
Rev. James A. Wetzstein and Rev. Charlene M. Rachuy Cox serve as university pastors at Valpo and take turns writing weekly reflections.