He will gather the dispersed… from the four corners of the earth
- Isaiah 11:12-13, Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not be hostile towards Ephraim.
- Psalm 106:1-14 & 43-48, Gather us to give thanks to your Holy Name.
- Ephesians 2:13-19, He has broken down the dividing wall.
- John 17:1-12, I have been glorified in them.
Throughout the biblical narrative of salvation history, an unmistakable motif is the unrelenting determination of the Lord to form a people whom God could call God’s own. The formation of such a people – a united covenanted people – is integral to God’s plan of salvation and to the glorification and hallowing of God’s name.
God’s covenanted people must be a reconciled community – one which itself is an effective sign to “all the peoples of the earth.” The prophets repeatedly reminded Israel that the covenant demanded that this relationships should be characterized by justice, compassion and mercy. Like Israel, the Church in its quest for unity is called to be both a sign and an active agent of reconciliation.
Lord, we humbly ask that, by your grace, the churches throughout the world may become instruments of your Peace. Through their joint action as ambassadors and agents of your healing, reconciling love among divided peoples, may your name be hallowed and glorified. Amen.
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