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.
2nd Reading for the 4th Sunday in Lent
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
For those in Christ there is a new creation – and for all who are not in Christ there is the offer of a new creation. That new creation gathers us into the ever-ancient, ever-new love of God – the One love that is offered in an infinite number of ways but always to build us up, and to unite us with each other and with God.
- Where do you experience disunity and fracture? In yourself? In your relationships with others? With God?
- How might you draw on the newness of God’s work for healing and help?
Image: Return of the Prodigal by O N Garkushenko, Park Arts Muzeon Moscow. (c) 2015, Allen Morris