By: Fr. John Behr
We are called to take up the Cross, to die with Christ, to become the one body of Christ. Our divisions are truly scandal of our own making. Whether they are between persons, within an ecclesial body, or between ecclesial bodies, each and every one of us is responsible for our failure to make Christ present through our witness, our martyria, to a world that is increasingly alienated from God and increasingly thristing for Christ. Clinging on to that which we value, whether our own dignity conforonting that of others, a strife-creating indignation within our ecclesial bodies, or our pride in the distinctiveness of our own ecclesial body and the hierarchies of a long-gone era, we are like the seed that remains alone, rather than dying to bear fruit. If we are to be Christ’s one true Body, we must follow him by dying to everything that separated us from him, all that belongs to this world rather than to the Kingdom, and hold ourselves open to whatever he may lead us. Dying, then, we might begin make Christ manifest by how we live as his one body.