The plan of salvation leads us to this moment of fulfillment. The Holy Spirit guides us,  and He has been the soul of the church from the beginning. Sometimes people might understand that the church is the people. They are right, however, it is not just any people, Church is the people who are guided and enlightened by the Holy Spirit and is this the one who gives us unity:

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (1Cor 12:13).

The unity of the Church is  a unity in diversity. In our church, we are all called, but we are called with our uniqueness into the unity… any intent to destroy the diversity or uniqueness of the members of the church for the sake of unity is not according to the Spirit. In those cases, diversity is replaced by uniformity where all the personal gifts and freedoms are lost…and Spirit is not present, as Saint Paul says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor 3:17)

The unity is in the Spirit who guides us to be one, one in faith, and one in the actions of goodness we perform in the world. We are all different members of one body, the body of Christ. In the church, there should be diversity with unity.

In the other hand , some times it could happen that when a particular positions regarding some things or topics are locked and closed, then they become more important than the unity, because our positions are always better than the others. It is in these moments that we are guided not by the Spirit. We choose the part over the whole, and be- long more to the part or group before belong- ing to the church herself.

As our Pope says:“We become Christians of the “right” or the “left”, before being on the side of Jesus, unbending guardians of the past or the avantgarde of the future before being humble and grateful children of the Church. The result is diversity without unity” (Pope Francis)… And the Spirit is not there.

We need to pray to the Holy Spirit that He will give us the grace to receive his unity. We should ask that He will help us to leave personal preferences aside, embrace and love his Church, our Church.

-Fr. Sergio