Who are you?

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
2 Corinthians 5:18‭-‬19 NRSV

https://bible.com/bible/2016/2co.5.18-19.NRSV

This is where my mind landed today in the readings. How inclusive are we prepared to be… where does reconciliation end?

We love Jesus and the simple message is; the righteousness we carry is: you are forgiven, and we get the privilege of speaking this out and living it out.

Our closest relationships, our deepest loves, can be the most difficult to be reconciled to. Yet God shows us the way. The people we are closest to sometimes bear the brunt of our unforgiveness and are our nearest and dearest enemies. Be reconciled, is not out there, but here and now.

Forain, Jean Louis, 1852-1931. Prodigal Son, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=58924 [retrieved March 27, 2022]. Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edithosb

The other readings were Psalm 32 and Luke 15, the story of the father and two sons. To imagine which of the two sons we identify with can be a spiritual exercise, but I am finding myself wondering which of the characters could be Jesus. If you imagine Jesus to be the father, the younger son or the older son the story starts to pulse. Now I need to add, just incase, I am seeing the failings of each, but imagining what it would be like if you saw Jesus as each… were the Pharisees seeing Jesus as the younger son… We see Jesus bound up in the heart of the father but do we relate to Jesus as if he were the older son? Blowing my own mind here.

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