that He might create in Himself one new person… 22Jul2018

St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians contains a plethora of magnificent phrases worth exploring closely and in depth:

† You who once were far off have become near…

† He is our peace, He who made both one…

† And broke down the dividing wall of enmity,,,

† That He might create in Himself one person in place of two…

† And reconcile both to God, in one body…

† He preached peace to you who were far off and to those near…

† Through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

How can we not notice the theme of unity resplendent throughout this reading? He declares to all that Gentiles and Jews are one—the dividing wall in the temple is gone—through Christ who suffered death to redeem all humanity.

Pause for a moment and recall the four precepts of the Church. It is One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. The first precept is Oneness. The other three flow from this unity in Christ. In Him we have been reborn to new life in Baptism—regardless of our original beliefs, our nationality, our gender, our age of Baptism, or our political inclinations—for He is our PEACE!

The next time you hear of a tragedy, of any kind in any place of the world, think of the perpetrators and the victims as our brothers and sisters. As you watch a sporting event, think of the winners, the losers, the heroes and rogues as our brothers and sisters. Christ, in His dual natures of God and Man, unites us to Himself as His brothers and sisters, each a child of the Father. Paul’s message is simple and profound.

We don’t have to be sheep without a shepherd because in Christ we are all one Body.

Deacon Richard

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