This is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Diversity. What a loaded word. We see bumper stickers that say “celebrate diversity.” In our diverse community here at Epiphany we often speak of the value “unity in our diversity.” If we look deeply into this reality, however, the challenges come forth. For diversity is often related to those other words, “division” or “different.”
We sing our psalm today, “let all the nations praise you.” This is a call to celebrate a unity too. And what is that unity that we pray for? The psalmist tells us what it means: All the nations rule their people with equity! All on the earth are guided by God. A pretty bold and laudatory call. For what do we see today but division. Nations at war, persecution of the other, be it from religion, race, fights over resources, debasement of people for their difference, be it tribe, class, status, gender, sexual orientation, or just those differences over who has land, water, money, power or just security.