Reconciliation: Our Sacred Task


I read and was encouraged by the following Christmas Day reflection in Henri Nouwen’s little book, Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith:

What is our task in this world as children of Goad and brothers ans sisters of Jesus? Our task is reconciliation.  Wherever we go we see divisions among people–in families, communities, cities, countries, and continents. All these divisions are tragic reflections of our separation from God. The truth that all people belong together as members of one family under God is seldom visible. Our sacred task is to reveal that truth in the reality of everyday life.

Why is this our task? Because God sent Jesus to reconcile us with God and to give us the task of reconciling people with one another. As people reconciled with God through Jesus we have been given the ministry of reconciliation (see 2 Corinthians 5:18).  So whatever we do the main question is, “Does it lead to reconciliation among people?”

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