In the face of all the divisions we face in the Church, and as Christians, St. Paul reminds us — on this first Sunday of Lent — that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
Who is “everyone?” Well, “if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Who does that? Who makes that confession and shares that belief?
Pope Benedict, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; Archbishop Rowan Williams; Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; Archbishop Peter Akinola; Bishop Gene Robinson; Bishop Robert Duncan; members of Forward in Faith; members of Integrity; lay persons, bishops, priests, deacons from around the world.
So…are we really so divided? Do we not really acknowledge one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all? Shame on us for not standing together around that message. Shame on us for letting secondary issues cloud that witness. Please, God, help us resolve our petty differences…
That We All May Be One!