July 11, 2021

One Blood

These I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

Isaiah 56:7
Differences are important to many (if not most) people. Skin color, language, nationality, gender, status, sexual orientation, religion—these are a way of dividing people, and many people order their lives according to these divisions. But if we take the prophets seriously—especially Isaiah—we must deal with the fact that the ultimate goal of faith in the one God was to acknowledge one common humanity which is invited into God's presence and whose prayers are heard, regardless of apparent differences.

Throughout Jesus' ministry, he knocked down the walls that people had built up among themselves. And the apostles did the same. If God is the God of all, then our attempts at separation here on earth are doomed to eternal failure.

In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
 Colossians 3:11
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, bring the nations into your fold, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kindom.
 Book of Common Prayer (alt.)
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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