The prophet Isaiah preached in the aftermath of the Assyrian conquest and exile of the northern kingdom of Israel, lamenting not only this loss but the division of the People of God which led to such vulnerability. Yet he also promised that a light would arise in the midst of this darkness to bring about the reunification of the kingdoms as one People again. Yet when Jesus went about Galilee preaching the kingdom of God, he had in mind something beyond the mere reunification of Israel, but of the entire human race as one People. The Church is called to perpetuate Jesus' mission in the world by manifesting that unity to the whole world. But how can this be done when it is divided by the partisanship that Paul criticizes in his first letter to the Corinthians? Christians are called to constantly come to the Lord to be purified of the "human wisdom" that divides us, uniting as one Church under one Lord.
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on January 26, 2020.