Daily Office Readngs for Saturday after the 6th Sunday of Easter: Year 2
“For through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)
For through our Lord Jesus, blacks and whites, men and women, gays and straights, rich and poor, nationals and foreigners, republicans and democrats, have access in one Spirit to the Creator.
This access does not mean giving up who we are. We have a uniting Spirit through our Lord Jesus. “For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” (Ephesians 2:14) So we are one Spirit group. We look different, we sound different, and we enjoy different foods and music and so on. But we are all pulled together for living through God. For God is the One in whom we all live and move and have our being.
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone, In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.” (Ephesians 2: 19 – 22)
We are meant to approach one another knowing that we are already united by means of God’s Spirit. It makes no difference about our language, skin color, religion, or place of origin. We are all God’s people, we are all spiritual cousins. We should be behaving that way.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John