Unity in the Body of Christ
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Reflection by Janet Derby
In the divisiveness of today’s world, this request of Paul’s seems like a difficult undertaking. As Christians though, we are called to be one in love and peace. This past Sunday, I went with my husband, Ken, to the church he attends regularly for a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding. I stopped attending that church many years ago because of some differences of opinions in the areas of theology and ministry. It was the right thing for me to do and resulted in my path to Pilgrimage. There were many people at the celebratory service on Sunday who had taken other paths as well. One of the prior staff members referred to one member as the “anti-Elaine” because of the stances she and Gerald often took during discussions. Later, when I was talking to him, Gerald joked that he was probably more an “anti-Janet” than “anti-Elaine” because we disagreed even more often than she and he. Yet, we acknowledged that it never kept us from loving each other. Gerald was one of the people who regularly sent cards to Ken and me, and to Josh, throughout his illness. When we look below the surface, and recognize what is truly important, we can bear with one another in love.
God of Unity, We pray, as Christ did, that we may all be one. Amen.