Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mininstry of reconciliation

A side note in today's Epistle from 2 Cor 5:17-21

And all this is from God,
who has reconciled us to himself through Christ
and given us the ministry of reconciliation.
namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting their trespasses against them
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
So we are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
Consider who the "we" refers to in those two lines. Given the "we implore you", I would say this could be St. Paul and the other Apostles. There is some aspects of the "Ministry of Reconciliation" in this reading. It isn't a proof text that can be taken out of context and tortured to say whatever we want, but in light of Sacrament of Reconciliation, we see that the Apostles (and the bishops in their place) are ambassadors for Christ just as they are in the confessional.

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