Living into What’s Already True: Unity

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

Ephesians 4:1-16

John 6:24-35

One of the greatest challenges in a life of faith is to see and be a community that is distinct, but not divided; to be united, but not uniform. In light of the work of Jesus Christ, through his life, death, and resurrection we have already been made one in God. Nothing separates us from God’s love and grace, and nothing separates us from our sisters and brothers who share that same love and grace. Christian life is not a solo pursuit by design.

We have been blessed with the assurance of God’s presence in the harshest places of life. God is with us and provides healing and grace for us if we are famished by physical or spiritual hunger like the Israelites wandering the wilderness of Sinai, if we are in prison like Paul as he wrote faithful letters to the early Christians, if we are lost and desperately looking for someone or something to save us like the many followers of God who have gone before us. That is the belief and reality that unites us despite our myriad differences- we have all received a promise from God for presence, love, and provision even in the wildernesses we find ourselves in.

We need that unity gift from God to help us grow as people of faith in love toward God and one another. We need the blessing of God’s people to be strengthened and to strengthen others. Continue reading