The Resurrection challenges us to reflect on where we most deeply experience hostility and disunity. Images of this reality abound: Within the space of only a few weeks, in America alone, we have painfully witnessed the loss of children to gun violence, the loss of life to religious radicalism and the loss of residents to a plant explosion.
Some wish they could live in the time of Christ, to be a disciple and experience the moments of his life among us in Palestine. They forget how impoverished, even cruel life was for most in the first century. Still, I harbor the same fascination: What was he like out of the spotlight the Gospels cast?