FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2017
(Part 34)

UNITY IN THE CHURCH - 3

July 3, 2017
Today’s reading: Ephesians 2:19-22


The unity that we ought to have as Christians is profound. It is not just being parts of one Church, but what is the essence of that Church. We are members of the holy Roman Catholic Church, the Church Jesus himself founded on Peter. That makes us a number of things.

One, we “are fellow citizens with the holy ones” (v.19b). We are called to be saints. We are set apart from the world, though we live in the world and strive to be salt and light for it. We are citizens of the heavenly Kingdom. Our allegiance is to God. Our homeland is in heaven.

Two, we are “members of the household of God” (v.19c). With God we are family. We have a covenant. God cares for us, and we obey Him and trust in Him. We have fellowship with God and with each other.

Three, we are “built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets” (v.20a). We have a wonderful and fabulous heritage. The prophets spoke in God’s name, and we do too, proclaiming the gospel of salvation in Jesus. The apostles were sent forth, and we are to, to do a rapid and massive work of worldwide evangelization.

Four, we have “Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.” (v.20b). We are centered on Christ. Christ is the foundation for our Church, home, community. Jesus is the one who holds everything together. We rest secure in him and our foundations of faith will never be shaken as we have him as the cornerstone.

Five, we are growing “into a temple sacred in the Lord” (v.21b). We are temples of the Holy Spirit. We are the individual parts of the one body of Christ. We live lives of sanctity. Our lives are offered up to God, and every act and word is intended to give honor and glory to God.

Six, we in Jesus “are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (v.22). We are home to the Trinity--Father, Son, Spirit. God dwells in us. Where two or more of us are gathered in the name of Jesus, there is God in our midst.

It is unfortunate that many Catholics do not realize the above. They do not realize how special they are. They continue to live as “strangers and sojourners” (v.19a). They live their own lives and not in communion with others. They exist in a world that is passing away but go around in circles and have no eye toward their ultimate destination, heaven.

But we ought to be no longer such. We are called to profound unity in Christ. “Through him the whole structure is held together” (v.21a). Jesus is the key, and our understanding is crucial.

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