I hope you're enjoying this beautiful afternoon. I'm very grateful for my window, through which I can feel the breeze and hear the birds chirping. God made such a beautiful world, and a day like this makes it easy to appreciate. In today's reading Paul talks about a division that used to be incredibly important, the division between Jews and gentiles. In Paul's time Jews didn't associate with gentiles because they were seen as impure. In turn, many gentiles looked down on Jews because they didn't worship the pagan gods and were seen as separate from society.
Within the Christian movement things were a little different because Jews and gentiles were both part of the same community. Paul says that in the cross Jesus breaks down the wall that divides us and makes one people out of two groups. If Christ can bridge that divide, then surely we don't need to be divided by things like politics or economic situation or race. We are all God's children; we are made new in Christ. Nothing needs to separate us now.