Hello all and may God bless your week!
One of yesterday’s mass readings was on division in the church! Saint Paul puts it perfectly:
I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that all of you agree in what you say,
and that there be no divisions among you,
but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.
For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters,
by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you.
I mean that each of you is saying,
“I belong to Paul, ” or “I belong to Apollos,”
or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”
Is Christ divided?
Was Paul crucified for you?
Two thousand years later and we are still dealing with the same thing, division!!
This one is a traditionalist, that one is a charismatic, the next one is gay, another a contemplative and so on and so forth!
The contemplative fight with the charismatics, the charismatics fight with the traditionalists and all of them fight with the gays!!
All of this of course breeds division and rivalries as Paul puts it and tears the church apart!
Clearly many spiritualities exist within the church just as many of us speak different languages but this doesn’t mean that we have to be divided!
On the contrary we can all help each other to find the right spirituality which will help us all to grow! We don’t all need to eat the same foods but we all need to eat and similarly we don’t all need to pray the same way, we simply all need to pray!
So maybe this week can be a week of unity for us where we focus on what we have in common rather than on what divides us!
Let us have open hearts and minds showing love, patience and understanding for each other just as we would like people to show to us and by doing so may we be lights of love and unity to the church and to the world wherever we go!
Saint Nino (child Jesus of Prague) whom the Philipono community celebrated yesterday, pray for us!