Pastor's Note

Fr. Jim

Greetings in Christ to you all!

There is an interesting line that occurs in the second reading this Sunday: St. Paul prays “that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.” That sounds rather nice, doesn’t it? Particularly when every headline, every story, every Tweet either laments the extent of polarization in this country, or actively seeks to make that polarization worse. Even the Royal Family in the United
Kingdom can’t seem to get along.

When St. Paul makes this prayer, he reminds us that differences do not need to become divisions. A common purpose, a common faith, and a common love for each other can overcome significant differences in backgrounds, economics, and life
experiences. The life of the early church proves this: converts from pagan Greco-Roman religion were
welcomed alongside Jewish Christians in the same faith and the same worship. The process was much
more complicated than this brief article can make it appear, but the point is this: animated by the Holy
Spirit, Christians have been able to overcome their differences and stay united with each other in faith and
love. Isn’t that something we need more of right now? Let us strive to be the example of that community to a world that sorely needs it right now.

Fr. Ken Kirkman