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by Danny Tariman

The community of believers was of one in heart and mind. (Acts 4:32)

Our church workers went to Tagaytay City one weekend for a team building activity. It struck me that the reading for the Mass a few days later, is the principal subject of why we went to this mountain city.

We went up to this cool retreat venue to build up the church servants, that we may be of one heart and one mind for the Lord.

We had so much fun playing the games prepared for us: the “all at once”, the “reverse charade”, the “hoola-hoop”, the “pass the message”, and others.

We had so much laughter. All the 4 teams had quickly composed its respective “cheering”.

As we played the games, each group had to make strategies to win the games. Many were giving suggestions. Many were giving instructions on how to play the game.

Some lost, some won. But everyone had fun.

Processing our behavior, our reactions, and our participation in the games, there are a lot of parallelisms in our ministry work. Some of them are –

We have to be united, we need to move together in one direction. One person in a group that does not do what he is supposed to do will destroy the team’s ability to win.

We need to communicate with each other. We need to make sure that we are able to relay the message clearly, and that the other party fully understands the message.

There are many suggestions and instructions flying in the course of planning and strategizing. But when a decision is made, everyone should do his part to uphold and follow what has been decided.

Members of the team have different personalities and traits. But if we move together as one, setting aside our personal preferences for the greater good, we can easily achieve our purpose.

At first, a task may seem difficult to do. But with practice, and acceptance that it has to be done anyway, it becomes easier.

With many giving instructions, we need to hear only once voice – the leader’s voice – in order to win.

There are still many others we have learned during the games.

But there is one common denominator: to be one heart, one mind in serving the Lord through our ministries. Philippians 1:27 aptly says it:

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel (Phil 1:27)

May the Lord prosper our ministries!


A Key to Unity

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]