Reflektion från Fr. Neary

Easter 5b   May 5/6
Without some centre of unity, groups disband or lose their way. A team which puts its eyes on money rather than on teamwork will lose its way. A family which relies on anything other than love to keep it together will fall apart.  The church, the community of Jesus is something similar.
What keeps the church together at its best is Jesus.  Human leadership, moral authority, ritual dogmatism, are not the centre of the church.  Leadership can fail, moral authority can take wrong turnings and ritual dogmatism can override the concerns of people,.  The centre of the church is Jesus Christ. Our unity with Jesus is the central bond of the church. He is the cornerstone.
In situations where we have been let down by the humanity of the church, like in the situations of abuse, or cover-ups by church authority, we are kept going as Christians by our unity with Jesus.  He says the same himself.
Light and Colour
The image of roots and branches, of fruit and tree, all very much part of each other is what Jesus uses. Other images like this might be the unity or light and colour in a rainbow, or of source and water in a river. The unity Jesus asks for is the closest we can imagine, and this is his commitment to the church.
We live in the same home – he makes his home in use and we in him. This unity of energy is also the unity of purpose which makes us bear much fruit as his followers.
Only if we can look on Jesus Christ as the centre of faith and church life can church
 life be sincere and have the energy which will save and change our world.
May we dwell in you, Lord, as you dwell in us. Give us your peace, your energy, your joy.

Donal Neary SJ.


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