September 06, 2020
There is a funny story that goes like this: A young couple bought an abandoned run-down farm in the country. It had been unused for the past 5 years. Weeds were everywhere, the fences were broken, and the buildings had shingles and siding falling off. They went to the local church and asked the pastor to bless their new farm. He did and he prayed with them for its safe and successful renovation. Six months later the pastor returned. The farm was beautiful with new roofs and fresh paint. The fields were plowed and planted and all of the broken fences repaired. He commented to the young couple on what wonderful work God had done. Then the young man said, "Yes pastor, give God his due, but don't forget what the place looked like when he was running it alone!"
That is funny and it brings up some truths. Just as it was for this young couple, praying to God for help is just the beginning. God calls us to work in unity with God in getting good things done. Unity begins with the Trinity â€“ God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three persons working together in unity as one God. And that God calls each of us to work in that very same unity. In this weekend's Gospel, Jesus is telling us that we are also to work in unity with one another. When we notice someone doing something wrong, we are to help guide them back onto the right path. When someone is having a difficult time, we are to lend a helping hand.
When we do, we are working in unity with them - along with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Together, there is nothing we can't accomplish!