Advent 4, Thursday, Year A

Inspired by Galatians 3:23-29

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:28 (NRSV)

Our world is very good at separating people.  We divide ourselves up according to cultural norms, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, gender identities, even preferred leisure activities.  We define ourselves by how we differ from others, and without even thinking about it we make subtle judgments about people’s value based on how similar they are to us.

God in Christ judges us only according to his love and mercy.

When we choose to identify ourselves as Christians, we commit to seeing the world through God’s eyes.  We recognize that whatever designations the world has assigned to us and to others no longer apply.  We are called to work with one another, serve one another, and love one another, just as God in Christ worked with, served, and loved us.

There is tremendous freedom in Christ.  We must recognize the value of all people regardless of how the world defines them.  And we are invited to live in the knowledge that no matter how the world defines us, our true identity comes from being beloved children of the living God.

Let us pray.  Lord of all peoples, you created us with wondrous diversity.  Help us to recognize our differences as complimentary strengths, that we may all come together and serve you with unity and love.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.