Christian unity, 2 sunday OT

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This is the week of the prayer for Christian unity, and trying to figure out what that means is a little difficult. At one point I would have guessed that it was trying to unite all of the various Christian churches under one common name; that is to get the Catholics in the same building as the Protestants, and also in the same building as the orthodox. At another time it is trying to get these same groups into the same Catholic Church, with perhaps adjusting the doctrine to accommodate all. Still at another time I see the various Christian religious groups banding together as a common voice for those beliefs which they share in common, while also acknowledging their differences. In truth these are the various forms of ecumenical unity that have been in play for years. All have been marked with great hope, a few successes, and more than a few mistakes. Christian unity does have something to do with organizational structures and hierarchies, yet I don’t think it has all that much to do with an organizational chart of Christian religions, or the renaming and shuffling of denominations. Christian Unity isn’t a business problem or a corporate one, it is a religious one. In that religious hierarchy of Christianity there are only two dimensions. First, that the baptized align themselves with Christ, and second that they treat each other as Christ taught. The first part is that vertical relationship between heaven and earth, where the relationship between God and man is truthful. The second is the man’s relationship between each other. It is to love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself. Christian unity has always been that sign of the cross. Christian unity is simply to be united with Christ.

Prayer For Christian Unity: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit.Amen

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