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Romans 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.
An Italian-American parishioner shouted, “They can’t do that to us Jamaicans!” And no one laughed, because at that moment we felt such shared identity—how dare they call us a poor investment risk!
Such moments of unity are all too rare in our churches. We struggle with the legacies of racism and xenophobia that seem programmed into our DNA.
And yet—Jesus sees no distinction between us. I am heartened by that long-ago moment in that multi-ethnic congregation when we were all Jamaicans. The building was built, and that parish is a powerful ministry in the community. God is so generous.
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