The second reading at Mass on Sunday was taken from St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.
For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here.
It is all God’s work.
It was God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the work of handing on this reconciliation. In other words, God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself, not holding men’s faults against them, and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.
So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were appealing through us, and the appeal that we make in Christ’s name is: be reconciled to God. For our sake God made the sinless one into sin, so that in him we might become the goodness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Sometimes the words of scripture are so familiar that we miss just how radical they are. Paul says ‘we are a new creation‘!
We may well not look it!!
But either Paul is mis-speaking, or we are not seeing something.
As Lent comes to an end, and as we approach the annual renewal of our baptismal promises, marking that moment, in baptism, when we became a new creation, we do well to pause and take stock.
- Where do I resist newness and growth – even good newness and healthy growth?
- What ‘earthly’ features linger?
- Where are there signs of newness and growth?
- What has encouraged and enabled them?
Pray to God for his continuing work on us, in us, and – even – through us: that his Kingdom may come and we may indeed be his new creation, truly faithful, fruitful, beloved children in Christ.
Detail from Principal Door to Basilica of St Paul outside the Walls, Rome. (c) 2016, Allen Morris