Living as Aliens?

This morning, Common Prayer  offered an interesting quote and prayer.  I am certain that Diognetus could not write this about the 21st century American church:

These words were written in the early Christian writing known as the Letter to Diognetus, whose author is unknown: “Christians live in their own countries, but only as guests and aliens. They take part in everything as citizens and endure everything as aliens.?.?.?. They are as poor as beggars, and yet they make many rich. They lack everything, and yet they have everything in abundance. They are dishonored, and yet have their glory in this very dishonor.?.?.?. They are abused, yet they bless.?.?.?. In a word: what the soul is in the body, the Christians are in the world.”

Dear God, form us into a peculiar -people who live differently because we have been transformed by you. May the courage of the early Christians teach us to laugh at fear, to starve greed, and to live with the winsome freedom of the lilies and the sparrows. Amen.

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