Ephesians 2:14-19 "For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit."
Reflection. For those interested in close Biblical analysis let me explain that the two groups mentioned are Jews and Gentiles. Yet, the deeper meaning for today remains true. In Christ Jesus, we are brought together in the family of God. We are part of the 'one body.' We have been brought in through the powerful grace of the Cross. Peace is preached to the whole world.
Pause for a moment and ask what that means for the church you belong to. One family. We know that families can have their internal differences, yet, most times the family holds together because it is 'one body.' In our churches this should be all the more so. Why? Because Jesus is our peace and we are reconciled to one another in Him, through Him, by Him.
Prayer. Lord God Almighty, thank you for reconciling us to those who were once our enemies and those with whom we have the most differences. In Jesus's name. Amen.