Thursday, October 23, 2008

Transcending Borders

On a bus ride today, I read THIS New York Times article about friendships at the US-Mexico border at San Diego/Tijuana. It is a very interesting piece about friendships made at this border crossing:

I draw your attention to the following photograph: it is a minister's weekly communion, which he offers through the border fence. Technically, the minister is breaking the law by passing the bread through the fence, but the US border guard does nothing because "arresting a clergy person for passing a communion wafer through the fence would be a public relations nightmare".

I am moved by this picture. I am moved about how Jesus transcends man-made borders. The fence feels invisible (Although not, I'm sure, to those participating!)

I am reminded, even as through a glass darkly, of these verses in Ephesians 2:13-18:
For Christ Jesus himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Some other captivating pictures HERE.

Has anyone been to Border Field State Park?

Photo: Sandy Huffaker for The New York Times


Moffitt the Prophet said...

That's some preety powerful stuff.

Thanks Justin.

Mark said...

The power of the gospel indeed!

Anonymous said...

powerful pics
visual gospel

byron smith said...

How to break the law and love your neighbour. Great stuff!