Posted by: geolocke | 2014/12/01

Two Lungs, But the Same Heart

I have been paying special attention to the news this week concerning Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Turkey, especially as concerns his meetings with Patriarch Bartholomew, the head of the Eastern Orthodox churches. The Church of Rome and the Eastern Orthodox Churches remain separated after 1,000 years of disagreement. These meetings give me reason to hope that reconciliation may yet be achieved.

I am not a church historian, nor am I well versed in the theological differences that led to the initial schism between east and west, but I know in my heart beyond any doubt that this separation of the eastern and western Churches is a corrosive agent that threatens to undermine everything that we as Christians attempt to accomplish as members of the body of Christ.

Here in the west we hold ecumenical meetings with the Protestant churches looking for common ground upon which to reconcile our differences and eventually return to full communion with one another, but how can we in good conscience even think about reconciliation with our protestant brothers and sisters when we are still separated from our orthodox brothers and sisters for such a long time?*

(Note: this came out harsher than I intended. I did not mean that we should stop working toward reconciliation with the Protestant Churches, but rather, we should work for reconciliation of all the Christian Churches. -geo 2014-12-01)

That is why I am drawn to the news out of Turkey these days. The current situation in the world has hopefully led us to fully grasp the meaning of Jesus’ saying about a house divided not standing.  There is evil in this world, whether some people wish to acknowledge it or not, and it appears that evil has been growing in strength as of late. Yet we must trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our paths and defend us against the evil of these days. We brothers and sisters should put aside our differences of the past and present a united front against this evil,  thus helping the holy Spirit. To do otherwise is folly.

I read somewhere that the churches of east and west were like two lungs of the same body and heart, that of Jesus. If the lungs work together in unison than the body lives and grows, but if the lungs do not work in unison, what then?

Again, I am not a theologian, or much educated in this subject for that matter, but I can see with the eyes of my heart that this reconciliation of east and west must occur. Therefore I pray for all people of faith to turn away from prejudice, judgment and exclusion and turn to inclusion, forgiveness and acceptance.

I pray for the reconciliation of the eastern and western churches.

I pray that I may one day see the children of both east and west gathering once more at the same altar and share in the same feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I pray in the Spirit of Psalm 133:

How good, how wonderful it is, when sisters and brothers live together as one!

It is like fine oil on the head, running down upon the beard, upon the beard of Aaron, upon the collars of his robe.

It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion.

There the LORD has decreed a blessing, life for evermore!

Amen!

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