Lenten Meditation 17, March 17

Friday, March 17

Psalm 95
Exodus 16:9-21
Ephesians 2:11-22

by The Rev. Shelley Denney

Ephesians 2:11-22

Christ Jesus is our peace; in his flesh he has made us one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.

There is an air of hostility all around us in this country. Communities are divided, families are divided, friends are divided – walled off from one another through intolerance and fear. It seems we cannot disagree without antagonism. Civil discourse and progress toward goals through mutual compromise seem things of the past as we are mired down in intransigence, half-truths, and “alternative facts.”

How do we, as Christians respond to this? God calls us always to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Ephesians tells us that it is through Jesus that we are drawn together from far and near and made into one humanity. It is the sacrifice of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection that has closed the great gulf between humanity and God – created by humanity’s insistence on deciding what is right and wrong for ourselves, rather than relying on God.

What does that truth mean for our daily life? How are we one with those with whom we disagree so virulently? How can we hear the third way of Jesus in the midst of “us” and “them”? What truth is spoken to us by the knowledge that Jesus has broken down our dividing walls?