Crossing Cultural and Traditional Barriers

THURSDAY: Fifth Week of Easter

Acts 15:7-21/Ps.95:1-3,10/Jn.15:9-11

Crossing Cultural and Traditional Barriers

True love must bring out the divine qualities in all of us who are Disciples of Christ. It transforms us into facilitators of salvation for those searching for our true God and Father. Christian love, in other words, makes us sacraments of paschal hope and joy for sufferers. Disciples of Christ must be instruments of unconditional love as witnesses of Christ in the world if they are to serve as door openers to the kingdom.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit enlighten and empower his disciples to transcend nationality, social and economic differences, and gender to create one body in Christ through faith (Gal.3:27-28). The task of reconciling the world to God (2 Cor.5:20) necessitates us being servants of every nations, tribes and language who fear God and do what is right and pleasing to God (Acts.10:34-35).

Modern-day Christians still have a long way to go before they can depict the qualities of paschal hope and joy. Prejudiced by nationality, ethnicity, class structure and economic disparities make them uncharitable. Christ is not a respecter of personages. No! God loves the whole world (Jn.3:16). His new commandment commands us to love one another just as he loves us. That is the only way by which the baptised can remain in his love and in Christ and find complete joy in him (Jn.15:9-11). Come on, let us put away our differences and let us work in harmony with Christ. Together, in a post-COVID 19, there will be peace on earth if we remove our rose coloured glasses and blinkers and treat each other as our equal.

Change our hearts, O Lord. Let there be peace on earth.

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