It is 21 October 2016. The readings are from Ephesians 4:1-6; and the Gospel from Luke 12:54-59. In the first reading, St. Paul teaches us that we all belong to the mystical Body of Christ and therefore we all have to work for the unity that builds the community, the Church. We are called by God. The vocation demands tremendous responsibility. We all need to live up to the vocation we have found in Christ. Whether we are married or religious, we are to build and unify persons and to bring all people of God together under Christ. “I implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation.” (Eph. 4:1). Believing in one God, having one faith and living our baptismal promises we build up the unity of the one body and one spirit by practicing charity, selflessness, gentleness, peacefulness and forbearance. We are chosen by God to represent God in whatever way we are invited to serve. It is indeed a privilege to be called by Christ to serve God and represent God in all we do and say. Unity does not happen rather we all need to work for it. There are so many things could divide us intellectually, emotionally and ideologically. But, we need to focus on what could unite us all than what divides all. Let us appreciate the presence of one another just because we still enjoy and are united to one another because of one body, one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God. When we recognise the presence of the Holy Spirit, the unity is possible. We must be willing to learn from each other and to put our unique gifts and resources to build and strength the body of Christ, the Church. Are we living our lives worthy of our vocation we have received? The responsorial Psalm prays, “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.” (Ps.24:6). In the Gospel, Jesus encourages us to make the right judgement, the right decision and the right action. We need to discern deeply to arrive at a decision to serve Christ. Yes, “We can do all things with Jesus who strengthen us.” (Phil.4:13). May you have a good day.

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