Fr. Aidan Writes:
As Fr. Aidan is away, let us reflect upon a piece by Pope Francis regarding Christian Unity:
“Dear brothers and sisters, may we too follow the star of Jesus! May we not let ourselves be distracted by the glittering lights of this world, brilliant yet falling stars,” he said. “May we not follow the fashions of the moment, shooting stars that burn out. May we not follow the temptation of shining with our own light, concerned only with our own group and our self- preservation.”
Christians are called to follow Jesus, to live his Gospel and to strive for the unity he prayed his disciples would have, the pope said. Christians must follow that call “without worrying about how long and tiring may be the road to its full attainment.”
When the Magi reached Jerusalem, he said, they encountered the resistance of Herod and the fear of the people, yet they continued to Bethlehem.
“Along our journey toward unity, we too can halt for the same reason that paralyzed those people: confusion and fear,” he said, including “the fear of a newness that upsets our usual habits and our sense of security; the fear that others may destabilize my traditions and long- established patterns.”
Christians must trust in the Lord who told them not to be afraid, and they must trust their Christian brothers and sisters, moving forward together “despite our failings and our sins, despite the errors of the past and our mutual wounds,” Pope Francis said.
May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,
Fr Aidan Peter