Walking Together and Building Bridges
|The Western Wall, Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock - Jerusalem|
The people of the book, the people of these three faiths, call this city of Jerusalem, this "city of peace", holy.
The people of these three historic and often misinterpreted faiths live life there in the midst of one another.
the beauty of this moment has gotten lost in a political and inter-religious maelstrom that leaves nothing but destruction, uncertainty, and misunderstanding in its wake.
There must be a way through this labyrinthian via dolorosa, this tangled way of sorrow.
It will not be easy or convenient.
The way may be complicated and confusing.
But the walk will indeed be worth it, and it is happening every day in Jerusalem among the everyday people of faith.
|Dome of the Rock, the Temple Mount - Jerusalem|
Let us walk this way together building bridges of hope and reconciliation.
As Christians, we are commissioned to do so...
For we are what (God) has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called "the uncircumcision" by those who are called "the circumcision"—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. (Ephesians 2:10-14)
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. (2 Corinthians 5:14-21)
Shalom, salaam, peace be with you...