Christ's family must be His mosaic

By  Sarah Antony, Catholic Register Special
  • February 19, 2009
{mosimage}Editor’s note: this the last of four honourable mentions for the Friars Student Writing Award contest sponsored by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and The Catholic Register. Sarah Antony, 16, is a Grade 11 student at St. Joseph’s Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School in Toronto.

In the Scripture verse, “That they may be one in your hand,” God is calling all followers of Christ to unite in His name. The verse specifically refers to two sticks, one representing the tribe of Judah and the other representing Israel, to be one in God’s hands.

I believe that God is calling us to be one in Him as we celebrate our individuality. Just as the two different sticks were called to come together, today, we as Christians are asked to piece ourselves together like tiles of a beautiful mosaic. In order to fulfill this calling, we must come together as one family by co-operating constructively, praying devotedly and sharing lovingly.

First, we as Christians must work together to achieve unity. This means that as members of the mystical Body of Christ we should appreciate and respect one another and discuss customs and traditions, but more importantly, focus on their similarities in the spirit of Christ.

By focusing on our common purpose in Christ, we share the spirit of Christ that is strong and can withstand anything.

I believe that each of us holds a part of the light of God within our hearts and if we gather as a family in Christ, the light that we produce has the potential to be so bright that no darkness of evil will ever overcome it. 

Secondly, to be one in God’s hand, we need to pray. Just as a family needs to pray together to stay together, we, as a Christian family must pray together to be united. We have been told that one prayer said by one person is powerful; then imagine how powerful a heartfelt prayer from all followers of Christ would be. With the power we generate through our togetherness we can pray for peace in the world around us.

In Luke 11:10, Jesus tells us about God’s answers to our prayers, “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.” This tells us that when we pray for peace, God will offer us guidance and unconditional love to help us find that peace.

Lastly, we should consider the potential love we can share not only with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but also with the world community.

Christ teaches us that love can be shown through forgiveness as in the story of the Prodigal Son when the father welcomes back his once lost son. We are also taught about compassion from the story of the Good Samaritan when the Samaritan sympathetically helps the injured man by the roadside.

Additionally, we should learn to care for every person from the story of the lost sheep when the shepherd of 100 sheep made the effort to search for one lost sheep. By keeping in mind Jesus’ teachings, we can share a powerful love with the people around us. And it is with this love that we can encourage and spread peace throughout this world besieged by evil.

In conclusion, by working, praying and loving the world together, we can form a powerful bond with one another and achieve Christian unity. Also, it is with co-operation and faith that we can learn to appreciate our similarities as well as our dissimilarities and unite the Christian family.

Thus, the tiles of God’s family can come together to form the mosaic of Christianity — a religion and representation of Christ’s love for the world.

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