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Reconciliation

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus made such a radical difference to life on this planet that St Paul could not find just a single word that conveyed the enormity of the saving grace that poured outward from this one life and engulfed the whole world. So Paul uses a number of terms to speak of the life giving effect of the life and death of Jesus. Words we are familiar with such as atonement, redemption, and in this week’s RCL text from Ephesians 2:11-22 the concept of reconciliation. We sometimes use these words interchangeably but although they have related meanings each word focuses in on a different aspect of the love and work of Jesus the Christ for us and among us.