For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
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.
So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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As we come to the mid-point of June, we can ponder the events and interactions that have graced our hearts and homes. We do so against today’s rather forceful readings. “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation,” St. Paul writes. And, precisely because of this special status, we are “ambassadors” for Christ… not just friends or acquaintances but ambassadors for all that Jesus stands for. If this is the case, Paul says, then we are invited to get our hands dirty in the messy work of reconciliation. That’s quite a charge, with a weighty challenge as well.
Think of the international ambassadors whose names and photos appear in the daily news outlets. They often shuttle between one country and the next, opening windows of conversation, avenues for peace. Even though our own outreach towards others never makes the nightly news, each of us is invited to bridge those tricky human gaps with fresh perspective, as we offer healing and helpful words and deeds.
Where and with whom am I invited to be Jesus’ ambassador … today?!
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Lord, how we engage with family, friend, acquaintance, and stranger really does matter. You have called us by name to be your ambassador. What an awesome privilege and responsibility! When day gives way to night, may our role as your ambassador bring us joy and an aching to continue our mission.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!