Unity that won't fracture

BEING unified with others for a common objective is a widely attractive idea. Getting together for mutual benefit, belonging to a society or organization that we can contribute to and that helps support us: such attitudes are natural.

But grasping the spiritual essence of unity brings about a uniquely satisfying and anchoring feeling of truly belonging. Christ Jesus gave us a breakthrough insight into ultimate unity in his declaration "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30). He showed us the most fundamental relationship there is. He spoke not of some form of personal togetherness but of his coexistence with God, the origin and Maker of all real existence. Unity starts with God, with His oneness and allness. It's about God; it is a divine concept. It is, in fact, that concept and that reality which make possible a concordant human community.

Friendship restored
August 11, 1997

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