Daily Reflection
October 27th, 2000
Tom Schloemer, S.J.
Career and Academic Planning
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Ephesians 4:1-6
Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Luke 12:54-59

A certain amount of progress has been made in human history.  As Jesus points out in the Gospel reading, we can predict weather changes, the incidence of precipitation, the direction of the wind.  Jesus then sadly points out that often we cannot determine in a peaceful manner what is right and just.  In the first reading, Paul appeals to the Ephesians to strive for unity in the Church and in a peaceful manner.

What’s the problem?  It would seem that objectivity is all that is required.  That is true but easier said than done.  First of all, every human situation involves facts but also feelings.  There are biases and prejudices with which we have grown up and are not easily uprooted.  An honest admission of them is required if there is to be any progress in meaningful dialogue and interaction.  Secondly, resolution in a peaceful manner does not mean there is no difference of opinion or that differences are glossed over.  Diverse opinions can strengthen rather than weaken.  Consideration of circumstances from all points of view should produce a more balanced solution.  This can come about only if there is mutual respect.

As Paul points out, there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism.  Our unity involves diversity, but we call upon the Spirit to help us realize, as Paul tells us, that there is one God of all, who is over all, and works through all, and is in all.

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