Thursday of the Third Week of Lent
Jeremiah 7:23-28 + Luke 11:14-23
March 23, 2017
“‘Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.’”
As Americans, we can reflect on the profound examples of our Founding Fathers in establishing a human government founded on the rights and truths that come from God. History shows how their efforts were met with great opposition. Their example mirrors one of the truths that Jesus makes in today’s Gospel passage, summed up by the saying of Benjamin Franklin about the risks of the American Revolution: “We must all hang together, or we will all hang separately.”
Unity is one of the four marks of the Church that Jesus founded when He walked this earth. Entire books have been written to explore what this mark of unity does and does not mean. Jesus’ words at the end of today’s Gospel passage shed some light on the matter: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” The latter half of this sentence hints that the unity Jesus is calling for derives from the act of the will.
Unity—whether within the Church, within a family, within a diocese, or between an individual Christian and God—depends on human wills lining up with the divine Will. When human wills are in focus with the divine Will, those human wills become like a magnifying glass. The best example of a human person doing so is our Blessed Mother, who begins her canticle by praying, “My soul magnifies the Lord.”