Posted by: livingscripture | January 26, 2014

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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.

(1 Cor 1:10)

 

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Whoever met Jesus surely had the impression of being before a person who was solid, united within himself, and with others.  In Him there were no stagnant compartments or separations between thoughts, feelings, corporality, will, prayer, actions.  All was order and harmony in His person.  From this flowed His lucidity in judging situations, in evaluating the human heart.  He had a holistic vision of the ties of reality through which He never forgot anything or anyone.  This interior unity was reflected outwardly so that He Himself became the ‘place’, the sign, and the cause of unity among people.

This is why Paul’s reminder of union of thought and sentiment is not only a moral consideration but also one that is spiritual and theological.  The Corinthian Christians were fragmented into different rivalries.  “I am of Apollos; I am of Cephas…” However, these were unhealthy rivalries because the fundamental ‘belonging’ is that of belonging to Christ.  Those who really belong to Christ cannot help but be nourished by His intimate unity, by His being one thing alone with the Father, in Himself, with others.

Those who belong to Christ are not divided nor do they divide.  An instinct guided by the spirit inhabited by God, rejects words and actions that lead to division, becoming immediately aware of their danger.   They become persons of unity because within themselves, they are already “united in the same mind and purpose and with the Lord”.

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this unity that is the only way in which I can be a prophet of peace and communion where God has placed me.

How much fragmentation You see in me, Lord, and how great a lack of unity even outside of me.  Remind me each day that I belong to You, the Lord of communion, who overcomes all division because in You there is no division at all.  From You I receive the interior unity that helps me to be one body with You and with everyone 

The voice of Evagrio Pontico, Monk                  

Blest is the monk who considers all people as God does.  Monks are those who keep united with everyone, habituated to see self in each one.

 

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