I know I went a little long today. My apologies. And I probably left more questions than I answered. So I invite us to ponder and ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on our darkness.
As we approach the Feast of Pentecost, we hear Jesus’ prayer that “they may be one” as he and the Father are one, as his followers are one with him … in principle. There is no question that Jesus and the Father share a union of mind and heart. And we know we have not always shared a similar union with Jesus; we have strayed here and there along the journey, been reconciled, then strayed again. It’s the story of our lives. And we definitely have a harder time sharing a similar union with one another within the community of the church. But we have a basic understanding of what keeps friendships, marriages, and communities intact. Every distinct part of the whole is not absorbed into the whole. Each distinct part retains whatever makes it distinct. The glue that keeps these distinct parts together is the decision to hold their union as the highest priority, or at least a priority up there somewhere. Once the higher priority is about being right, then being together will be the first casualty.
Paul was aware of the divisions between Pharisees and Sadducees in the Sanhedrin, which he used to his advantage. That raucous meeting did not get anything done. Raucous meetings never get anything done. Unless a dictator puts his foot down to quell further discussion. But within the community of believers, there will be opposing positions, ideas, perspectives. We have to trust that if we possess the same Spirit of God, we should not be threatened by the “other side.” And unless we are willing to work out our differences, and live peaceably despite those differences, we will not be upholding our unity as a top priority. And as a church and as a nation we have a long way yet to go.
This mass was offered for the repose of +Morilius Maureau.
Rolo B Castillo © 2020