Our 25th anniversary as a diocese is coming up. Today, I want to remind you about a project that we are undertaking in the Diocese of Eastern Michigan to provide for ourselves a story – the history of this diocese and all parishes in it.
During the first week of April, I attended (for the first time) the National Workshop on Christian Unity, held this year in St. Louis, Missouri. For over 50 years, the mission of the workshop has been to celebrate the spirit of unity that exists among Christians and search for ways to overcome the divisions that remain, by providing seminars for all who are concerned with Christian unity.
Becoming open to the powerful love that resurrected Jesus will change us. And when we become different, the world around us will begin to change. I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m not saying it will happen overnight. And it’s something we have to want and decide to do, because God has created us with the freedom to make choices – and love cannot be coerced. It can only be chosen and shared.
It is time to be followers of Jesus before anything else—nationality, political party, race, ethnicity, gender, geography—our identity in Christ precedes every other identity. We pray that our nation will see Jesus’ words in us. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).