Strangers and Sojourners…
As Christians, we are all citizens of the Kingdom of God:
So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. -Ephesians 2:19-20, NAB
We often define ourselves by where we live. Strangers and sojourners spend their lives just trying to find a home. When we accept Christ, we are no longer strangers – but members of God’s household and citizens of His Kingdom; we finally have a place to call home.
Where do you live? Do you define yourself by the city, state, or country that you live in? If that changes, do you redefine yourself somehow? Are you a different person simply because you live somewhere else?
Beyond where we find our front door, there is a better place to associate ourselves: our spiritual home. Christians should define themselves as citizens of God’s Kingdom first, and citizens of the world second. That way, regardless of where we live physically, our spiritual home will always remain the same.
Our lives will lead us to many places. Our career, educational pursuits, family obligations, and ministry opportunities may take us all over the world, but each night, as we go to bed, we can rest easy in the house of the Lord. With Christ at the center of our lives, we never really leave home.
One of the greatest beauties about our faith is that we know that we belong to something – something greater than any city, state, country, or organization. We are Christ’s Church, citizens of His Holy Kingdom and members of the communion of saints.
NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings. Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians).