“Whoever is not against us is for us” — Imagine, as the United Nations General Assembly meets now in New York, if this was the binding principle. Imagine if our political parties, even just one of them, were committed to this. “Whoever is not against us is for us.” Imagine if you and I lived this wisdom teaching just a little more seriously in our personal lives. “Whoever is not against us is for us.”
Our life in Christ and our faithfulness to his wisdom teachings such as what we just heard in today’s Gospel ought to help us see and respond with more oneness and communion within us and around us. Seeing possibilities for unity, charity and solidarity rather what we usually do: look for divisions, fragmentations or worse – aggression and hostility.
Because of the importance of Jesus’ call to communion – a call we know so well because that’s why we are here this morning, which at one level can be described as “receiving Communion,” – Jesus is equally clear in rooting out whatever blocks that communion. The harsh words about cutting off this or that are words to cause us to go more deeply, to go to the root cause of whatever is blocking our communion with God.
Often in our walk with God, we don’t need to know more or do more, but we do need to live our life more deeply, with greater awareness and God-given responsiveness. In pointing out our hands, feet and eyes, Jesus talks about parts of us that engage the world. They ultimately have a godly purpose in fostering unity. What can we do to make that better happen?