In the first reading today from 2 Samuel 5, we get a brief synopsis of the timeline of the kingship of David. In the Gospel reading from Mark 3, Jesus is accused of casting demons by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons.
Jesus’ response talks about how a house divided cannot stand. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Odd, isn’t it? Even devils must stick together. It just goes to show the importance of unity. This is true in all things, isn’t it? Companies, organizations, families, churches. When people stick together, there is greater strength, greater cohesion. But when they don’t…well, that’s another story.
Gossip, backbiting, rumormongering, dissension, discord – these are the things that divide a house. And unfortunately, we see these things even in the Church today. I suppose that there has always been such things in some measure. This is why we must always be wary. At the first sign of these things, we have to check ourselves and nip these things in the bud. We just wrapped up the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. As Christ prayed for unity, so must we.
Father, forgive us for the times when we are dividers of the kingdom. May we be united with one another in love. Amen.