“I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10

The statement of St Paul in today’s second reading is so apt for us today it is almost eerie. The divisions between us as Americans has been front and center in the news and as Christians in the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But the divisions between Christians did not begin with the Reformation nor even with the split between East and West some 500 years earlier. Indeed division between Christians has been a fact of our Spiritual Lives from the very beginning which begs the question of how St Paul can make such a demand. But when he is speaking of the “same mind and…same purpose” he is speaking of the mind and purpose of Jesus. An example can be found in Steven MacDonald who in his life exemplified and forgiveness to a degree we should all aspire to.