Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ministry of Reconciliation
A favorite memory of springtime.
2nd Corinthians 5:16-6:2 proved fertile reflection for today's Scripture Prayer. The last part of it is used as Ash Wednesday's 2nd reading, but I found it helpful to back up a bit. St. Paul says that God "reconciled us to himself through Christ." Then he says that that message of reconciliation has been entrusted to us. God is not holding our sinning against us. In Christ we start over no matter what we may have done.
"We are ambassadors for Christ," Paul says, "for God is making his appeal through us." God is always yearning to have a deeper relationship with us. We let God draw us into a deeper relationship. That enables us to go out as ambassadors to let others see what that means for us and what it could mean for them. Reconciliation is never just for me as an individual. Once we experience it, reconciliation becomes our ministry.