Unity of Christians should be founded, renewed and sustained by Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK
Heb. 9:15.24-28, Mk 3:22-30. Today’s first reading envisions the unity of mankind as founded, renewed and sustained by Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant. He died to unite us in God’s universal family. His blood is the vital element circulating through us, making a living bond with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus puts the cost of unity in terms of loyalty to the Holy Spirit and an unswerving rejection of Satan. Thus, Jesus warns us against blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Those who sin against the Spirit will “carry the guilt of their sin without end.” Persons who sin against the light, blinding themselves to the evident goodness of others, ascribing the good deeds of others to unworthy motives, closing their heart to the call for compassion and forgiveness. Such persons close themselves to the presence of the Holy Spirit. There must be a unity and integral wholeness about ourselves: our intellect united with our eyes that see the goodness in others; our intellect united with our memory and so arriving at the solid wisdom of good experience; our intellect united with our flesh and blood and so judging with sympathy and compassion, able to forgive others.
May the Lord keep us united by His grace, so that we may live and breathe as one, caring for each other in love and compassion! Amen!! Good morning and have a productive week!!!