(Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 20, 2018.
He who speaks of unity must live in unity with all
To live in unity with all means to break down “the dividing wall of enmity” so those who were once enemies, are no longer enemies by virtue of the personal example and sacrifice of the one who promotes unity. When a person lives in unity with another person, he creates “in himself a new person in place of the two” (Ephesians 2: 14, 15).
Those who speak of unity but do not live in unity, promote division and mislead people.
“Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock.” To them God says, “I will take care to punish your evil deeds” (Jeremiah 23:1-2).
Those who preach unity but fail to live in unity bring about confusion and all sorts of individual and collective maladies.
He who speaks of unity and lives in unity,
“he shall do what is right and just in the land” (Jeremiah 33:15), he will bring peace and friendship to all, he shall turn the world into a safe place for everyone.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)