I suspect we all have days when we are hit with news that makes us wonder “Can I ever catch a break.” Just as there are times when we are called to confront injustice, serve our fellow man, or bring happiness and joy to all we meet; in the balance and harmony of our life, there are also times when we are called to simply survive- to persevere against the onslaught of life and unfairness. My football coach used to remind that at some point in the game you just need to scratch, and claw, and hold on. There are times for touchdowns, interceptions, and long punt returns, but the game, like the game of life, has those times when you simply hang on by your fingernails and persevere.
The disciples right after the crucifixion huddled in the corner, expecting at any minute the door to be busted open and they too would be taken to their death. Everything they expected to happen — hadn’t, they were leaderless and afraid, as we all are from time to time. But Jesus did return, and they ventured out to the world to share God’s message. We too will venture out to spread God’s message, but also be aware that there are also stormy times – times when we are called to have faith and to simply persevere.
Editor’s Note: Luis Leon’s sermon on Easter Sunday is available to be podcast. Go to www.stjohns-dc.org and click on “Hear sermons.”