A Reconciliation: Day 28 of Lent
That same day Herod and Pilate became friends; till then there had been a feud between them.
This is recorded by Luke only.
Lord, one of your recent disciples said:
“People who couldn’t get on with one another found it possible to be friends in his presence.
And it works!
You really can make peace!
And now we see you breaking down barriers which we thought would never fall
-though we prayed for it to happen!
Earnestly we pray for the breaking down of barriers, for the dispelling of fear and suspicions and for lasting peace,
wherever there is long division or discord, wherever people are estranged or find it hard to get on with one another.
We pray for true reconciliation between nations, between races, between generations, between sexes, between churches, and between religions;
and whatever these prayers mean that we give ourselves must be and do, give us the grace we need.
Note: PEACE-MAKER. Dr. Alan Dale in New World, his excellent New Testament translation for teenagers, wanted a “description” of Jesus and paraphrased Paul’s list of “harvest of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) to describe this most Spirit-filled man. This includes the sentence, “People who couldn’t get on with one another found it possible to be friends in his presence” (New World, page 289).