CHRISTIAN UNITY AND THE CHURCH AS A HOME FOR ALL, Revd Fr Oluwafemi Victor Orilua, CSSp

HOMILY, TUESDAY, OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A

Gal 1:13-24, Luke 10:38-42.

Though he seeks to unite his children under one umbrella, Christ died for the world and not specifically for the church. When he wants to choose those who will work for him, he does not necessarily pick them from the church. If he likes, he picks from the street. However, the church remains the centre and symbol of unity for God’s children.

Interestingly, the church of Christ has a lot of her children outside who are yet to come back home.

Moreover, both Mary and Martha are of the same household.  Martha was complaining about Mary, that she did not join her to serve, but Jesus replied her by saying, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” The church of Christ remains standing and the gate of the hell cannot prevail against it.

It is only understanding of the mission of Christ that will rescue the church from further disintegration.

After his conversion, Paul did not join the church until after three years. For three years, he was preaching the gospel to the gentiles until he traced his way back home to the church.

But when he who set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his son tome, in order that I might preach him among the gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, I went into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remain with him for fifteen days.”

Therefore, the church, as a mother, is called to open her hands wide to receive her children. And all those who believe in Christian’s unity should trace their history. The church cannot stand while we keep biting one another.

May our hearts be open in love to all and sundry, and may the gospel of God’s grace be established in our hearts that we may bring back to him all who have been destined to be saved.

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