Friday, April 04, 2014

"The Color of God is the Color of Water"

"The Color of God is the Color of Water"
~An Arabic Saying

When I was in the Holy Land, an elder Palestinian Christian said something I will never forget: "The color of God is the color of water." She smiled as we "soaked up" what she was saying.

I remembered what Paul said; "There is no longer Jew or Greek (that means there is no longer Jew or Arab either), there is no longer slave or free (there is no division according to any economic class), there is no longer male or female (nor gay nor straight) for you are all one in Christ." ~Galatians 3:28.

Even after all the lands were taken, all the hatred, and all the blood was shed, it is still true; "The color of God is the color of water."

Water is odorless and colorless.
The human body is mostly water.

"Now you are the Body of Christ, and individually members of it." ~1 Corinthians 12:27

This is the Good News of Paul the Apostle to the Outsiders (Gentiles)

Jesus was The Anointed One who came to all those cast away from the Temple. They were poor, lame, blind, lepers, outcasts, and eunuchs (neither male nor female). 

At the Cleansing of the Temple, a story that occurs in all four Gospel traditions, Jesus said we are "A House of Prayer for ALL People". Please note Jesus said "All".  

Finally there is a church that embraces the teachings of both Paul and Jesus.
There is no longer Jew or Greek; neither is there Black or White or any other ethnicity.
There is no longer Slave or Free; neither is there any other rung on the economic ladder.
There is no longer Male or Female; neither is there any other definition by orientation.
We are at long last; One in Christ. 

We invite you to the Episcopal Church where you may know the inclusive love of Christ.

As for you Episcopalians; wake up!
Folks may come to church some day looking for the Love of God made manifest in the Person of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
That means it is up to you to open your hearts to this kind of Love.

I hope you and I have the courage of an elder Palestinian Christian.

Peace to you all,
Fr Paul

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