Whose side are you on? This is a common refrain we find in relationships, politics, and society in general. We disagree with each other and then we divide ourselves by where we stand on issues or by whom we want to associate with like Republican/Democrat/Liberal/Conservative/Pro vaccine/anti vaccine. The church has not grown through exclusivity or competition.
In today’s first reading we hear the story of two of Moses’s friends, Eldad and Medad, who missed the gathering when the Lord bestowed the spirit of prophesy on all the elders. But the spirit of the Lord came to rest on them as well. The Holy Spirit animates and sanctifies all creation, bringing us into a unity that supersedes whatever divisions we have created. Disagreements need not lead to divisions.
Our readings remind us that each and every one of us, whether we are being formed for the first time in the faith or have been struggling to live this life for decades, is called to reexamine our priorities constantly on our faith journey. We pray in a special way that the Spirit may bear fruit in all of us and help us grow in unity no matter what divides us.
Love, Peace, Joy