In the first reading today from Hebrews 9, we read more about Christ’s once for all sacrifice, and about the judgement at Jesus’ second coming. In the Gospel reading from Mark 3, Jesus is accused of casting out 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. As Christ prayed for unity, so must we. We’re nearing the end of the annual week of prayer for Christian unity. We must continually pray for unity, because a kingdom divided is sure to fall.
Father, help all believers to be united. Help us to always remember that Christ, who died once for all, is the savior of all. Amen.
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