Chapter 7 – Diversity and Unity

Looking at pages 84-85 of the USCCA we see an important discussion of the truth that Jesus is the Savior of all.  We have made significant progress in recognizing the need to respect ethnic and other diversity; but the section also suggests that while we celebrate the variety of cultures, of greatest value and reason for hope is unity and harmony in Christ.

Why is this so?  What is the nature of unity and harmony in Christ?  What are the challenges/obstacles to unity?  What is the effect of wounds to unity?   And what steps can we as individuals and as communities make that foster unity, without detracting from cultural pluralism?

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One Response to Chapter 7 – Diversity and Unity

  1. Fr. Von Deeke says:

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), paragraph 1, reads: “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.”

    God has created us all and God wants all of us to be in one family, his daughters and sons, sisters and brothers of Jesus. This is because God loves us and wants us to share in his blessings. I think our unity is based on God being our Father and Jesus, the Son of God, being our brother. As these relationships with God grow, our unity with each other as members of God’s family should naturally grow as well. This family is, as the Catechism says, the Church.

    I think that “unity and harmony in Christ” refers to the unity and harmony Christians and Christian cultures experience as they become more Chrit-like, through the grace of God. As is written the First Letter of John, chaper 1, verses 5 and 6: “This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God: whoever says that he remains in union with God should live just as Jesus Christ did.” We are all called to grow in our union with God! Not living like Jesus leads to division.

    What can we do? Seek our Lord’s forgiveness and ask to be given the grace to live more like Jesus. Also, we are called to spread the good news of God wanting all to be closer members of his family. As CCC, paragraph 3 says; “Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully gurarded by their successors. All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer.”

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