"There is but one body and one Spirit." —Ephesians 4:4
As we prepare for the year 2000, the Great Jubilee, we must "make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force" (Eph 4:3). Without a deep, Trinitarian unity, the world will not have faith that Jesus has been sent by the Father (Jn 17:21). Without faith in Jesus, we will not let Jesus set us free (Jn 8:36). Thus, we will disqualify ourselves from receiving the graces of the Jubilee Year, the essence of which is freedom (Lv 25:10ff). Therefore, we must be one in Jesus to have faith to accept the freedom of the Jubilee.
To grow in unity with the Lord and each other:
- Repent and go to Confession, for sin divides God's people.
- Receive the miracle of Trinitarian unity by receiving Holy Communion daily or as often as possible.
- Forgive those who have offended you.
- Apologize to those whom you have offended.
- Be a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18).
- Pray daily for unity (see Jn 17:20-21).
- Share your faith in Jesus.
- Stir into flame the Holy Spirit of unity (2 Tm 1:6-7).
After we accept a new Pentecost of unity, we will have a Great Jubilee of freedom.
Prayer: Father, if necessary, may I die for Your gift of unity to be accepted (see Jn 11:51-52).
Promise: "There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is over all, and works through all, and is in all." —Eph 4:5-6
Praise: St. John preached evangelistic missions in Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Poland.
Reference: (For related teaching, order our book, The Truth Will Set You Free.)
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, April 4, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 8, 1998