Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able ta stand.
The cited verses are part of the response Jesus speaks to his relatives and the Scribes who were not at ease with Jesus' way of being and doing things. For his relatives misperceived Jesus not only with a misperception of His identity but also as an offense to the Holy Spirit and a threat to the mission and the unity of the community of believers.
First, failing to embrace the real identity of Jesus can lead us to offend the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one who dwells fully and completely in Jesus and not any other Spirit. This is precisely why Jesus declares that those who sin against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (Mark 3:29). Second, this failing, to see who Jesus is, is also a threat to the mission because its foundation, who is God himself, is either taken away or associated with someone else (Mark 3:23). Finally, this lack of understanding about the identity of Jesus is a threat to the unity of the community (Mark 3:24-25). If the followers of Jesus are not sure about who he is, they will live in a state of confusion and their faith will not be strong enough to meet the challenges to faith and life. As a consequence, division among the members of the community takes place. If the community allows this division to continue, then the community will be destroyed.
At this moment in history, we are living in an environment of division in the world and in the Church. It is crucial for us believers to be able to see those divisions as an opportunity for unity. This opportunity is only possible if all of us center our faith in Jesus and reflect deeply on who Jesus is through prayer, study, and meditation. At this moment we are called to become instruments of communion so that the Kingdom of God may flourish in our midst.
-fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.