We are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5: 20
Reconciliation with God and reconciliation with others are great challenges, especially here in Honduras.
There is violence in the big cities, divisions in the church, resentments and spitefulness in the countryside, and divisions in our own hearts.
That’s why today’s reading from Paul touches and challenges me.
But, in some way, the reading is a consolation.
Reconciliation with God doesn’t begin with me. God in Christ is already reconciling us.
What we need are open hearts, open to God – the ultimate Other – and to others.
In one way, I think this means trying to understand others who are different, who hold other views, letting our common humanity come through.
It’s so easy to see others as threats, as dangerous foes. It’s harder to see them as wounded people, like us.
And so today I pray for reconciliation – with God, with others.
I pray especially for Honduras and the church in Honduras. There are so many divisions and so few efforts to really break through the divisions.
The recent effort of Bishop Romulo Emiliani to broker a truce between the two most powerful gangs is an effort. But reconciliation needs to break through to the divisions found at the level of villages and families.
May God give me strength and courage to seek reconciliation and to be an ambassador of reconciliation.
That’s my prayer, my hope, and my challenge.