16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: 2nd Reading

Ephesians 2:13-18

Brothers and sisters:
   In Christ Jesus you who once were far off
   have become near by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, he who made both one
   and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh,
   abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,
   that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,
   thus establishing peace,
   and might reconcile both with God,
   in one body, through the cross,
   putting that enmity to death by it.
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.