Lent 3, Friday, Year A

Inspired by Ephesians 2:11-22

“So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.”  Ephesians 2:17-19 (NRSV)

Imagine a world in which all people are recognized as equal and deserving of dignity.  No one is exploited for another’s gain; no one is abused by another’s power.  No one suffers want in the midst of abundant resources, and everyone is assured justice regardless of race, nationality, or economic circumstance.

Some look at how far our reality is from this ideal and determine that God either doesn’t exist or doesn’t care.  But the truth is that God does care, and in his eyes all people are precious and deserving of dignity.  The failure of our world to reflect that reality is not due to his lack of concern, but our refusal to view each other as God views us.

God did not create disposable people, yet we create and maintain systems that treat people as expendable.  We segregate ourselves into affinity groups and objectify those who differ from us.  We justify to ourselves and to each other why some people don’t matter as much as others, and we benefit from the dehumanization of the vulnerable.

In God’s household, all humanity is honored and loved.  The vulnerable are just as important as the powerful, and just as valued.  Rather than work opposite of God’s vision and then blame him for our troubles, let us recognize each other as brothers and sisters, fellow citizens of the world, and see how much better the world can be.

Let us pray.  Loving God, your vision for the world is one of peace and equity.  Help us to work to make your vision a reality, that all may recognize your grace and justice in their lives.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.