The main character in the French novel Les Misérables is Jean Valjean, an ex-convict haunted by his past. Like Valjean, we make choices that we wish we could take back. Choices of others may have harmed us, and we bear the scars today. We all bear physical and emotional wounds that require healing. We yearn for a new creation.
In Christ, ”everything has become new!” Christ’s death has reconciled God to all people. This reconciliation ushers in a new way of knowing one another, no longer regarding one another “from a human point of view.” We receive a “new creation.” We are reconciled to God and, perhaps more importantly, God asks us to participate in the ongoing ministry of reconciliation. We move into the world to relay the news that all are friends of God, having been reconciled through Christ.
In the film version of Les Misérables, Valjean’s last words are these: “To love another person is to see the face of God.” Despite his haunted past, his wounds and scars, the love he experienced gave him a glimpse of a world made right. We too have the opportunity to be reconciled to God—and not only reconciled but to become reconcilers, ambassadors of Christ.
May our lives reflect the story of the good news that we read in this passage. Jesus came into this world for one person and for all people. May the love of Christ fill us.
When did you last feel God’s presence in such a way that you knew without a doubt that God knows you and loves you deeply? How did you share that love with others?
Holy One, may we see your face today. May we reflect your grace this day, and may our lives encourage others to fall more deeply in love with you. In the name of your Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen.