Paul doesn’t waste any time getting to the main point. He discusses the division and some of the sources of it. But again, there is hope in our common baptism, in our belonging to Christ. To be clear, this unity does not do away with the diversity, even the diversity of opinions and positions on crucial issues. But Paul argues that our purposes in Christ, our mind that is in Christ – namely to love God and love neighbor – can bring us to unity in mission and action.
The Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year A
Liturgical color: Green
Primary Actions, Symbols, and Images: The Cross, Unity, Diversity/Community, Love of God, Neighbor, Self, Relationship vs. Initiatives
“The Church: A Collection of Connections”
Somos del Señor: Same Mind & Same Purpose
Here in this place we reenact and rehearse the story
of a poetic, prophetic, priestly God.
In liturgy, in litany, in prayer, in psalm, in meal, in hymns
we remember and call into the present
the story in which we live and move and have our being.
Here we are woven into the wisdom story of many generations;
we conspire with the Spirit towards a future garden
for we are grounded
in the names, dreams, signs and wonders of God’s communal story
and in this place, we become anguished poets
to each other
and to a searching world.
Our purposes in Christ, our mind that is in Christ – namely to love God and love neighbor – can bring us to unity in mission and action.
 Cherwien, Susan Palo, “Calling Into the Present” From Glory Into Glory: Reflections for Worship (Saint Louis: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2009), 337.