St. Paul has great ability in his letters to write a sentence that is more than enough for a day’s reflection. It happened again today in the verse before the gospel. Paul says: God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (2 COR 5:19) That strikes me this morning as a strong energy stream swirling through our universe from God, using the agency of Christ to light up the world, energizing us as the stream passes through us in our time and place, leaving the light for us to pass on. Reconciliation, it seems to me, is the only way to save the world now – and it takes the light of love to pierce the darkness of brokenness clustering all over the world. It takes willingness and honesty to accept the trust God calls from us: to be that message of reconciliation. But what is the alternative? It is often said that if we aren’t part of the solution we are part of the problem so it must be time to turn on our light and get about the mission.