Pastor Margay’s Summer Article
THE LOVE OF CHRIST COMPELS US
Because 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the Ecumenical Committee of St. Martin de Porres sponsored an Ecumenical Service, using materials prepared by the Graymour Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute FOR THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY. I was honored to be invited to preach at that Service.
The theme of the day was “RECONCILIATION – The Love of Christ Compels us.” The Monsignor welcomed us with these words:
This year man Christians and churches wil be commemorating the anniversary of the Reformation. Saint Paul reminds us that God has reconciled us through Jesus Christ and that the love of Christ compels us to be ministers of reconciliation.
We then proceeded to name some of our wounds and divisions, characterizing them as stones with which we erect our walls:
- Lack of Love
- Hate and Contempt
- False Accusation
- Broken Communion
- Religious Wars
- Abuse of Power
We prayed “God, look upon this wall we have built which separates us from you and from each other.”
By the power of the Holy Spirit, walls can be transformed.
Our wall was dismantled and reshaped into the form of a cross.
We prayed again: Help us become ministers of reconciliation and heal our churches’ divisions so that we may better serve the works of your peace in the world.
And again: May Christ’s light effect reconciliation in our present thoughts words and deeds.