The Rector Writes - November 2019

Can you believe that it was 30 years ago this month, on 9th November 1989 that the fall of the Berlin Wall began?  Over two million people from East Berlin visited the West in a celebration described as ‘the greatest street party in the history of the world.’ However, we are still living with walls, thinking of those dividing Gaza and Palestine from Israel. It’s a strong human instinct to build walls to separate us from those we view as different and threatening.

(Or think of the divisions in our own society between Brexiteers and Remainers).

Paul writes of how the death of Jesus has broken down the barrier between Jew and Gentile: ‘His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.’ (Ephesians 2:15-16).

Jesus is still in the business in breaking down the barriers of gender, age, race, class, and language, as He brings us together in His church: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ (Galatians 3:28).

We can easily put up barriers with others, when we make assumptions about them, forgetting that they may be thinking the same things about us. We may want to avoid making ourselves vulnerable or appear needy.

Yet Jesus can set us free from that, as we find our security in Him, and so are free to welcome one another.