Christians should be instruments of unity so as to be witnesses of the three persons in one God, which is the Trinity. Today in our world, there are lots of disunity and sometime people are advocates of the disunity through discriminatory utterances and attitude. When we are doing that, we are not being advocates of the unity in the trinity that we profess. Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a Christian, only the enduring allure of goodness and love remains truly convincing. We also know that the outcome of division is very fatal because we cannot grow. Jesus prayed in John Chapter 17 vs 11 `that they may be one as We are’. Jesus again and again, spoke of the vital importance of communion, both in the Church and throughout the human family. The Church, ‘the seamless garment of the Lord ‘cannot allow herself to be rent or broken.
The world is already so torn and divided, brokenness is now everywhere. Our mission as Christians is first and foremost to solidify unity, safeguard and promote it, and bear witness to it at home, work place and wherever we are at any time. My beloved friends, be instruments of unity in your society, wherever you find yourself; that is how you bear witness to the faith we bear. God is calling all who had division in their families, society and countries to bring the division to an end. Jesus is saying to us today, do not let the sun set on our anger, unless we are giving the devil opportunity to enter into our matter. Love, mercy, reconciliation should be our guiding principles. Let us strive to restore unity between people and between humanity and God; this is the way of Jesus Christ and his Church.
• Most. Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos