Thought of the Day January 21, 2016

By 10:40 AM

"The unity of all divided humanity is the will of God. For this reason he sent his Son, so that by dying and rising for us he might bestow on us the Spirit of love. On the eve of his sacrifice on the Cross, Jesus himself prayed to the Father for his disciples and for all those who believe in him, that they might be one, a living communion. This is the basis not only of the duty, but also of the responsibility before God and his plan, which falls to those who through Baptism become members of the Body of Christ, a Body in which the fullness of reconciliation and communion must be made present. How is it possible to remain divided, if we have been 'buried' through Baptism in the Lord's death, in the very act by which God, through the death of his Son, has broken down the walls of division? Division 'openly contradicts the will of Christ, provides a stumbling block to the world, and inflicts damage on the most holy cause of proclaiming the Good News to every creature'". (Pope St. John Paul II)  What can each of us do? First, we should pray regularly for the unity that God desires. Second, we should never speak negatively about another Christian, even if that person attacks what we believe. Third, we need to know our own faith well enough to defend what we believe, not in attack, but in loving response. Fourth, we need to take opportunities to share where we can share and work together where we can. The secular society in which we live wants us to stay divided. God desires a common front.

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