"Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.”
The last few years have been marked by sharp ideological divides in our nation. We have also become increasingly focused on the things that divide us rather than the things that unify us as Americans. This is also true within the Catholic Church.
I am again reminded in today’s Gospel that my attention must always be turned towards God and my focus centered on what is required of me to follow Christ. Although I may disagree with others about how to best follow Christ in our present context, I must remember that we remain members of the same Body of Christ. If we as a Church are able to collectively do this, only then can we stand against the demons that have helped to divide us. I am not so naïve to think that this can be achieved anytime soon. I recognize that there is so much work to be done to repair the widening divisions within the institution of the Church that become more challenging to repair with each passing year. However, I do believe though that we must try to repair what we can. Our salvation is dependent on each other and so fixing these divisions is not simply about civility rather, it is about living out our faith.
—Chris Bauer is the director for the Center for Justice and Peace