“This is who we are. We are the Body of Christ, and so we always encourage and push one another to love, to do what is good, to be generous, and to be faithful. And so “to each one of us is given the grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” We are one.” (Damick, 2015)
“Christ’s unifying presence in the Eucharist is expressed in St. Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians. “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread” (I Cor 10.16–17)… Given the unifying presence of Christ in the sacrament, faithful Eucharistic practice could be seen as one accidental indicator of the oneness of a Church. When the people of God gather for the celebration of the Eucharist, they constitute a Church; they are the body of Christ, in the midst of which Christ is present (Lk 24.35), they are one.” (Rommen, 2016)
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 – “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 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.” (OSB) We are all as One Body in Christ, Who is the Church, the Orthodox Church. Thus, let us remember faithfully, lovingly, and build on the foundation of the Saints, on the foundation of the faith once delivered to them, Christ being the cornerstone, a Church whose mark will be love, offering of self, readiness to die that others may live, full of joy, open, tender and true.
Just as snow will not produce a flame, or water a fire, or the thorn-bush a fig, so a person’s heart will not be freed from demonic thoughts, words and actions until it has first purified itself inwardly, uniting watchfulness with the Jesus Prayer, attaining humility and stillness of soul, and eagerly pressing forward on its path.
St. Hesychius the Theologian of Jerusalem, disciple of St. Gregory the Theologian
Philokalia, Vol. 1 p.183
Damick, A. S. (2015, November 23). Oneness in the Church: The Key to Generosity and Good Works. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick. https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/asd/2015/11/23/oneness-in-the-church-the-key-to-generosity-and-good-works/ (Links to an external site.)
Rommen, E. (2016, March 22). Ecclesial Unity: On the Oneness of the Church (I) –. Growing the Church. https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/growingthechurch/ecclesial-unity-oneness-church/