Ephesians 4:1-6 Reflection:
At a time when the Church is under such attack because of the recent synod and other things, Paul reminds us of her unity and the life we are called to lead.
Paul calls himself a prisoner of the Lord. Presumably he is in Rome when he is writing this. But he also implores us to lead a life worthy of out vocation, telling us to bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness and patience.
Then he tells us to do all we can to preserve the unity of the Church, in obedience to the Holy Spirit, for we were called into one faith, one baptism and One God, who is Father over all.
Unity is the great sign of the children of God: individualism and division is the sign of the evil one. The bond of unity is love and once we lose the love we lose the bond.
This begs the question, why do so many people want individualism?
When we are part of a community we have to consider the good of the community, be that community a family, a football team or a country: when we are individuals we only have to think of ourselves.
The illusion that thinking only of ourselves and considering only our own needs shall give us power is very strong. Even stronger is the illusion that if I do what I want then I shall be happy.
It takes many hard knocks before we come to understand that selfish self-centred thinking generally leads to unhappiness.
We are slow learners. Thankfully, God has an abundance of patience!