Eucharistic Readings for Sunday, June 23 Proper 7 Year C
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3: 28 – 29)
I, like most Christians (knowing it or not), am a Judeo Christian. As I study scripture I have favored a heritage that identifies more with Abraham than Moses or David. Abraham begins the origin of the Hebrew people. (Genesis 11)
While Paul plays down ethnic identity saying that we are no longer Jew or Greek, he also says we are all One Spirit in Christ Jesus. Spiritually, I walk with Abraham, the re-located mid-eastern man and his family that will become the father of the Israelites after his grandson Jacob is given that name.
Jesus, in his human form, was an Israelite. And through Baptism and the grafting of his body and blood in Holy Communion Christians are brought into the spiritual legacy of the redeemed and saved Israelite people. So yes, we are no longer Jew or Greek, black or white, male or female, gay or straight, republican or democrat, legal or illegal citizens. Human ethnicity is surface identification but does not tell the whole story. While it is said that blood is thicker than water, (I believe this is an attempt to hold biological families together, even when there is great discord), I say that our spiritual selves are often more binding and stronger than our blood connections.
We have Abraham, a faithful father as a heritage of heaven and Christ Jesus as the divine model of human morality and worker or our faith that has been placed in us by God to lead us and guide us. Jesus often says our faith has saved us. This “saved” does not simply mean cured of some illness but rather it means eternal salvation. This is our inheritance, thanks be to God. Let us Pray:
“O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer page 289)
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people. John+