A Key to Unity
by Danny Tariman
“If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (Mark 3:25)
“Ayoko na!” an elderly parish servant approached me in exasperation. Earlier in the day, she solicited donation for food from another “servant” who, instead of helping in the work of evangelization, has bad mouthed an on-going parish activity. The elderly servant was so impacted by the response that she decided to stop her “food service”.
Bickerings among people who are suppose to be “servants of the Lord” divide and break the unity of community. All of these squabbles and tiffs are traceable to the five-letter word spelled as P-R-I-D-E. Self-centeredness, vainglory, rivalry, envy – all these are children of pride, that is why it is called “the reservoir of sins” (Sirach 10:13) Because of these, the unity and relationship that took so long a time to build, are destroyed in an instant!
Today’s passage in Mark 3:25 warns us that as Christians we should keep the unity of the body of Christ. And I believe that humility is of one of the keys to unity.
The Bible tells us in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory, rather humbly regard others more important than yourselves”.
Do we easily see the wrong in others when we are not the “center of activity”?
Lord, teach me to be and to remain humble.
[This reflection was first published in Didache on Jan 28, 2008]