Always Be Honest Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another 1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted Ephesians 4:32
Father George’s Address in India. Father George has returned to his homeland. If you would like to send him a note, his address is printed below. We wish for him only the best in his retirement. Check with the Post Office for postal rates, it takes more than one stamp!
Fr. George Kallumkalkudy
Carmel Provincial House
P.O. Box No. 34
Muvattupuzha - 868 661
He...broke down the dividing wall of enmity. (Ephesians 2:14)
In almost poetic language, St. Paul invites the Ephesians to marvel at the
unity they are experiencing. Many of them were Gentiles, people who
looked down on the Jews almost as much as the Jews looked down on them.
And yet here they were worshipping Jesus—alongside of Jewish brothers
and sisters! Through Christ, the centuries-old wall dividing them had been
broken down, leaving only a bond of love.
But this wasn’t the only time when Jesus brought Jews and Gentiles together.
Probably the most important one happened about thirty years earlier, on
the first Good Friday. That’s when “Herod and Pontius Pilate, together
with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,” overcame their differences...so
that they could put Jesus to death (Acts 4:27). Of course, not everyone was
in on the plot, but many were united in their hatred of Jesus.
Isn’t it amazing how Jesus can take something horrible and make it a source
of blessing? The devil had created a false and feeble unity in order to eliminate
Jesus, but his plan backfired. This mock unity brought about the true
unity that the Ephesians—and Christians everywhere else—were now enjoying.
Where once there was Gentile versus Jew, slave versus free, and woman
versus man, now there were only brothers and sisters witnessing to the
Spirit’s power to heal ancient divisions.
If Jesus can overcome centuries of division between Jews and Gentiles, surely
he can heal the divisions in our lives. It may not happen overnight or in
the way we expect, but it can happen—especially if we work toward it ourselves.
So take one relationship today, whether you need to offer forgiveness,
let go of resentment, or ask for forgiveness, and see what you can do to
break down the walls. It won’t happen overnight—just as it took time for
the early Church. But if you persevere, it will happen.
“Come, Lord, and heal every division and wounded relationship”