Ephesians 4: 4-10
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
We are all one in Christ, without distinction. This is Paul’s clarion call to unity and the reasons for it: United by faith, baptised, forgiven, cleansed of sin and recipients of grace and spiritual gifts, freely bestowed on us, our hope is in Christ. It is a message for the here and now, about what our faith is and means. God is supreme across the universe in heaven as well as here on earth.
Father, help us to lead our lives with the cross of Jesus ever before us.