The second reading at Sunday’s Mass of the Epiphany comes from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel.
Paul reflects on how through his mission to the nations the separation between Israel and the nations has been broken down. All are called to share in the same faith. Where there was disunity and differentiation now there is the possibility of new unity, gifted in Christ, through the gospel.
The possibility still exists – despite current national, ethnic, gender, religious, politicial, wealth and class divides.
How will you work for it today?
- Photograph of crib at Eglise Saint Louis en L’Ile, Paris (c) 2006, Allen Morris.