Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Blessings of Unity


 1 Look at how good and pleasing it is 
 when families live together as one! 
2 It is like expensive oil poured over the head,  
running down onto the beard—  Aaron’s beard!— 
   which extended over the collar of his robes.  
3 It is like the dew on Mount Hermon streaming down
   onto the mountains of Zion,  
   because it is there that the LORD 
   has commanded the blessing:  
everlasting life.   
(Psalm 133 CEB)

 The Psalm for this week, as stipulated by the Lectionary, is brief but powerful.  It's one of my favorites because it speaks of the blessings of unity.  Perhaps it is because of the range of faith communities that I've inhabited during my life, but I have long had a passion for this cause.

But, how do we find unity?  And what should it look like?  Do we find it in uniformity?  Do we need an authoritative figure, such as a Pope, to whom we'll be obedient?  Do we need, as Elizabeth I of England decreed, an Act of Uniformity, whereby the government determines what the faith should look like.  Do we find it by downplaying differences or simply ignoring them?  When we go such routes, whose beliefs/ideas become the common denominator?

These are not easy questions to address, but they're important ones.  Still, for a moment can we not stop and consider that it is good and pleasing when the family (the human family) lives as one, recognizing our common humanity, and recognizing that we all bear the image of God.  

Surely this Psalm of praise is a reminder that God is the source of our oneness.  May we embrace this unity and share in the joy!  


1 comment:

David said...

We need to find a way to appreciate the simple things in life

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