Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt
Read Ephesians 2:11-18
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.
More thoughts for meditation
There seem to be few things as hard to come by in this world as peace. Peace between countries, peace between ethnicities, or even peace within us is illusive. War, violence and discontent thrive all around us. How can I be at peace when someone is shot at the end of my block? How can I be at peace when bombs fall over Gaza? How can I be at peace when I need to find the best job possible? How can I be at peace when I have no idea how my child will receive a good education where I live? The answer to all of these questions is probably “It is going to be difficult.” The world is full of worries that are legitimate and call for our attention.
The Christians in Ephesus probably had many things to worry about just as we do today. So when we read Paul’s letter to them it is saying something that was just as radical then as it is now: Jesus is with you in your strife. In all of the turmoil of our world and day Christ is beside us. Jesus is calling us not to despair at the violence around us but to remember that his peace persists and that it is not a passive peace. It is an active peace that moves us towards God’s justice and love and that moves God’s justice and love into His creation.
In Christ we are free to act without the boundaries that politics, economics, ethnicity, or the law put around us. This is the peace of Christ: the knowledge that no wall separates us from God or one another any longer. Even when we worry, God is with us. Even when we feel threatened, God is with us. Christ is our peace.
Suggestions for action
Pray: God, meet me in my exasperation. Show me the path to peace
Spend some time finding peace in the middle of difficulty. Invite Jesus into a stressful situation, whether it is in the future or right now. Where do you need God to give you peace?