(Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 26, 2018.

True life means to live in unity with one another. If we fail to do so, our life ceases to be life and becomes a useless and senseless existence, even destructive.

Unity for humanity

When God establishes his unity with us, he tells us: “My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (John 6:55). This means that whenever we accept God’s unity, we take for ourselves his truth, totally, for he is total truth; we become free for he is true freedom; we become people of service and peace because he is true service and true peace; we become people of compassion and justice because he is true compassion and true justice. Without this truth, humanity cannot go on living.
However, many refuse to enter into a total unity with God because such unity implies our unity with all our fellow human beings.
Those who are asked to live in unity with others, usually respond: “This saying is hard; who can accept it?.” And those who reject unity, “return to their former way of life” (John 6:60, 66). That is, to their life of antagonism, lies, emptiness, and self-destruction.

Unity leads to victory

Live in unity with one another “out of reverence” for God (Ephesians 5:21). Be committed to one another just as God is committed to humankind.


(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)