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Sunday, August 14, 2005

One Flesh

"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate." That was from the readings of last Friday (August 12), Matthew 19:3-12. I was at a Word service with communion and it hit me that God was pretty big on unity. Just within the Trinity is a perfectly united family of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In describing the relationship of the people of God with God, the Lord did not simply call us his followers, or his friends, and certainly not just his servants or workers. He called us to be sons and daughters of God. We are also his body, and as the Church, we are called to be his eternal bride. We are not meant to be two, but one flesh: the bride and the groom. But sometimes when I survey the scene of bickering amongst Christians of all flavors and hues, I wince at the thought that our Lord's bride has multiple personalities, and they're constantly at odds with one another.

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