Remember this: "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." (Ephesians 4;5) Saint Paul speaks an eternal truth for the Church. Eternal, as in everlasting, world without end, amen! This we have as our great hope amid all the controversies and disagreements and even schisms the Church has endured over the two thousand years of its life. Were it not true, we would be mere marauders across the plains of history. We would have no firm anchor, no promised land, and no guiding light. But we do have these things. We have Christ as our anchor; we have Heaven as our land; we have the fact of our unity as baptized children of God as our light. Whatever momentary disgruntlement that presses upon us will not keep us from being sustained by the love and mercy and grace of God. Across the span of time that marks our life, we need to hear words of comfort and challenge and reconciliation. And remember, reconciliation is a ministry for all members of the Church. (II Corinthians 5: 18) We are mortal and we are broken and we do not always have 20/20 vision. Nevertheless, we have no need to despair. In Christ we have reason to rejoice and be glad. This day and forever.
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