THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
UNITY IN THE CHURCH - 3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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