“On that day you will understand that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you.” Unity is a big deal in all the aspects of life. At home, at work and even in the political sphere. Everything works better when there is unity, respect, understanding… and everyone knows this. The question is: how do we achieve unity? Where do we get it from? Throughout history many people have seek to achieve unity by imposing some form of uniformity. Communism is a good example. But after wiping well over 100 million people worldwide – that is not in war, but in executions, labour camps, famines, ethnic cleansings… etc – they have achieved nothing! And they are not alone, the Nazi Regime also attempted it. Others, without violence, do the same pushing and financing an extreme globalization, often using international organizations, to expand and impose their own standards.
The fact is, that every human person, every family, every community, every country is unique, and therefore achieving uniformity is simply impossible. So, how then, can we achieve unity? In the gospel today Jesus promises his disciples “another Paraclete”, that is the Holy Spirit. The very binding love between the Father and the Son, is promised to the apostles and to us, to make us one with one another and with God. What will bring our families, our society, our country, our world together, therefore, is nothing other than God´s love.
Remember the sermon that the Episcopal bishop Michael Curry gave at the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan? “Think and Imagine a world where love is the way,” – he said – “Imagine our homes and families where love is the way, imagine neighbourhoods and communities where love is the way, imagine governments and nations where love is the way, imagine business and commerce where love is the way, imagine this tired old world when love is the way” But, then I would add, when you have finished thinking and imagining do not forget to pray. Pray that with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost the whole world may experience the renewal and the unity which we so much need at this time.
Fr Daniel Herrero Pena