The inauguration of our new president the other day brought people together in an unusual communion. Something good happened, I think.
I noticed in a letter of St. Ignatius of Antioch to the Ephesians his insistence on that same thing: People have to keep together.”Try to gather together more frequently to give thanks to God and to praise him.” Satan’s powers are undermined and peace is promoted when you do this, the saint says.
The division Ignatius was trying to counter came, at least in part, because the church in his day–early in the 2nd century– faced a vacuum caused by the death of the apostles. The great figures who unified the church were gone, and new figures were emerging, some of them divisive.
New leaders were needed, true. New institutions had to be created. But just as important, people had to come together.
In crucial times, that’s what we all have to do.