Why Unity

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When I examine the life of Jesus, I notice that He was not halfhearted in calling forth disciples.  Compelled to bring God’s healing presence and reign into the world, Jesus looked potential followers right in the eye and invited them to join him in his enterprise. He had a mission to fulfill and a message to share, and was not about to be stopped by challenges.

One of the preeminent calls from Jesus was His call for His followers to be one.  In John 17:21 it says that Our Lord prayed for his followers, “that they may all be one”.  The call to unity is a call for the whole church, and it is a call from those separated from the Catholic Church to repair their separateness, and their brokenness.  It is a call to humility, to service, to truth, and to union with the Catholic Church established on the Petrine office, as it is the Catholic Church that is the visible sign of the Church.   That unity is built on the sharing of the Body and Blood, and it is the unity of the Bishops in communion with the Holy Father, and with each other celebrating the Eucharist together in love that is the sign of that unity, as Jesus said, “As you and I, Father, are one”.

Pope Benedict XVI in his address for the 47th World Day of Prayer for vocations stated that;

A third aspect which necessarily characterizes the priest and the consecrated person is a life of communion. Jesus showed that the mark of those who wish to be his disciples is profound communion in love: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35). In a particular way the priest must be a man of communion, open to all, capable of gathering into one the pilgrim flock which the goodness of the Lord has entrusted to him, helping to overcome divisions, to heal rifts, to settle conflicts and misunderstandings, and to forgive offences.

Jesus’ call that we may be one is built on the call for unity, sharing in the fullness of each other’s lives just as Jesus and the Father are one.  The call of unity, and the call to the priesthood are based on the call to the fullness of Eucharistic life, and the sharing of the Body and Blood of Christ within the Catholic Church.  The call to priesthood is one of repairing the brokenness of the Body of Christ by former Anglicans seeking ordination in the Catholic Church so that the fullness of the priesthood can be realized, and a tiny bit of the brokenness of Christ’s Body, the Church, repaired.

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