For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things in earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
These verses seem at once so simple and so unfathomable. They describe the act of reconciliation that was Jesus' death on the cross. The "before and after" for me involves this entire Lenten season, and the image of the torn curtain. Any separation between God and His creation, whether supported by God or invented by man, was removed. The torn curtain allows me personal, individual access to God.
Holy One, you have sacrificed your Son to bring your creation closer to you and closer to one another. Let me live in this reconciliation, not taking it for granted, but fully understanding and appreciating its power and significance. Amen