We’re back in Ephesians 2 for our first reading today. St. Paul addresses the people as “you who once were far off,” and “you who were far off.” Notice that he uses both in the past tense. For now we are near to God the Father through Christ Jesus. In the Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus says, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” Let us pray that we will be those servants.
St. Paul tells the Ephesians (and us) that they have taken on a new station in life. Our wandering days are over. Listen to what he says. “You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.” We have found our place. Or at least we should. We know now where our home is.
Ever feel like a stranger, a sojourner? Like you’re just kind of wandering around on the face of the earth. For too many, this is their reality. They don’t feel connected to anything. Or perhaps they find their connections in unhealthy places…gangs, drugs, unhealthy relationships. But God has a better plan. He wants us to be part of His family. The Church. Even with all the flawed people inside, it’s still the greatest connection you’ll ever make. So come on in! And don’t mind all the sinners…there’s always room for one more!
Father, we thank you for allowing us to be members of your household, your family. May we always be welcoming to all those who still feel like strangers and sojourners. Amen.