Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Unity of the Church and the Unity of Mankind

When will the unity of the churches occur? Can it ever be realised? Should we even talk about it? These are questions posed by everyone who is involved in the Ecumenical Movement and Dialogue and especially by the sceptics of this movement. Many, who criticise the Ecumenical Movement don’t see a future unity between the different peoples and churches. However, we can all hope and pray that it could be achieved. John Meyendorff gives a significant response to this topic, claiming:


‘The unity of the Church and the unity of mankind will ultimately and fully coincide only in the fulfilment of the Kingdom of God, and not before. Only in this perspective can one legitimately say that the unity of the Church is an anticipation of the unity of mankind. In the Eucharist, however, it is possible to taste the very reality of future unity, which is not simply a human reconciliation and fellowship, but a unity in God, in the fullness of truth, in the joy of the Kingdom. As such, the Eucharist, as well as the entire liturgical worship which constitutes its framework, can legitimately be considered as an escape from the determinism of the world, from our animal existence which ends in death, from the limitations and the frustrations which we meet as Christians in the world. . .’[1]



[1] Meyendorff, John, Living Tradition, (Crestwood, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1978), p. 144.

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