From a Creighton Student's Perspective
February 23, 2011
3rd Year Pharmacy Student
The unifying power of Christ is not exclusive to those who were blessed to walk with him. All who call upon the name of the Lord are joined together as one body of believers in the name of Jesus. This, ultimately, is what community ought to look like, “…that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity” (John 17:22-23).
Let us reflect on the meaning of community in our own lives. How have we experienced the unifying presence of Christ in our relationships with others? In what ways are we lacking community with other believers? Are there parts of our community that are not “perfected in unity?” Surely, our human nature is bound to create disunity. Though we claim to be unified in Christ, how often do we quarrel with and begrudge our brothers and sisters over petty disagreements and misunderstandings? The encouraging words from today’s Gospel remind us that “whoever is not against us is for us.” We must stop making enemies within our own community and waken to the realization that we are all called to support each other in unity and love. In the darkness of our current culture, the cause of Christ can only be accomplished if the Church can stand together in the light of his presence. So, let us be encouraged each day to pray that God may enrich our spiritual community with love and selflessness. Let us pray for the Church and believers everywhere, that together we may raise the banner of the Lord Most High and persevere until the day we are truly made perfect in unity with him.
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