This Sunday, we hear St. Paul speak of the mystery of the Church. I deliberately say mystery. There is the visible structure of the Church-which is not a mystery (!): leadership and committees and protocol and properties. And there are the invisible bonds between us, bonds that last forever, the mystery of the Church.
In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
We are one. Who knew?!? Divine love joins us, more deeply than any human connection, even though we may not humanly know one another. If we are one, then we ought to be unbelievably (or is that believably J) welcoming of one another. In Christ, the stranger is no longer a stranger. It should pain us, therefore, to see someone at Coffee Hour to whom no one is talking. Beyond affinity, we ought to make it a priority to reach out to those we have yet to engage. The discovery of a sister of brother in Christ awaits us! A new discovery of Christ awaits us.
Peace in Christ,