Thursday 6 May 2021

About Today Readings

Acts 15:7-21. Proclaim his marvellous deeds to all the nations – Psalm 95(96):1-3, 10. John 15:9-11.

God’s love embraces us all

In the Acts of the Apostles, after deliberation, the apostles and elders, decided they ‘should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God’. Their decision had a precedent in the words of the prophets, who said that David’s dwelling will be rebuilt ‘. . .  so that all other peoples may seek the Lord’.

In our church world and world, we are often divided over who ‘should’ be included. We live in communities where it is easier or safer to exclude others. We create systems that limit access and opportunity, often to those most in need. The readings today remind us of what has always been true: that all people who seek to know and love God and follow his commandments are to be welcomed and included. We are challenged to extend the same welcome, especially to those on the margins or who don’t seem to ‘fit’. When we’re distracted by division and tempted to exclude, may we remember that God’s love embraces us all.

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