One Love, One World

                    One Love, One World

Ephesians 2:11-22

"Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right." Bob Marley put it down in his tune for the song named ‘One World, One Love.’  But then as we read through the Holy Scriptures of St. Paul’s instruction to the Ephesians on the riches Christ has to offer the Church we get a different notion to the term ‘One World, One Love.’

During the earlier times of Old Testament, an ethnic distinction was prevalent between the Jews and the Gentiles on basis of the flesh (Jews being circumcised and the latter being uncircumcised). This worldly distinction/ barrier was what separated these two groups of society even to the extent of faith being received. Lets bring this same situation forward to this 21st century. When this world is bent on creating distinctions/comparing on which society/cast is set/ needs to be ‘saved’ St. Paul ensures that he answers all these queries by providing the verse stated in Ephesians 2:13-16, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity." 

Let’s break the above verse to simplify this notion of ‘One World’. This world which has divided itself into innumerable groups based off various ordinances/practices can be brought together through one unifying factor - which is through Christ Jesus. This unified humanity was created upon the Incarnation of the Son of God, and His death and Resurrection raised this unified humanity to God. In short, the only factor to break down the walls to praise God in ‘one voice’ and in turn be raised up to God - Jesus Christ.

St. Paul goes on to exhort that the Holy Church which has been established by Christ Himself is designed to be united as one which in turn inculcates spiritual oneness. A calling we all need to adhere to so that the society around us can see through us the oneness in Christ which breaks all barriers of language, cast, race and speaks the common language of Salvation through Him. St.Paul sums up this description of oneness within the Church as “..Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building being fitted together, grows into a Holy temple in the Lord...”

If the Church or for the matter of fact this world is build on this cornerstone of Jesus Christ it would indeed be appropriate to switch around the notion of ‘One World, One Love’ to ‘One Love, One World’. Through our ‘One Love’ for our Saviour Jesus Christ being the only way this world can attain the status of ‘One World’.

“There is one body and one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Ephesians 4:4-6

Questions for reflection:

  1. As Christians what can we do in terms of words, deeds and actions to convey our oneness in Christ to the society to spread this word of one love?
  2. How can we implement the notion of One Love, One World in our own personal life to bring to light the love of our Savior Jesus Christ?