This is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. In a world divided by wars, violence, dishonesty, economic inequality, discrimination and ethnic distrust, it is fitting that the scriptures should remind us of the all-inclusive nature of God’s plan for the world. The images of the second reading also remind us of God’s desire that “what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.” The Spirit of Jesus invites us to put an end to what separates us by race, gender, class or any other category. The Spirit invites our world into a process of healing – the healing of racial, religious and ethnic divisions – the healing of everything that divides us. May we be strengthened to follow the way of Christ!
“All people are endowed with a rational soul and are created in God’s image; they have the same nature and origin and, being redeemed by Christ, they enjoy the same divine calling and destiny; there is here a basic equality between all people and it must be given ever greater recognition.… forms of social or cultural discrimination in basic personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language or religion, must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God's design.” (Vatican Council II, Gaudium et Spes, No. 29)