I continue to think about the shocking murder of an aged French Catholic priest by ISIS. In particular I am struck by the reminder from the Archbishop of Canterbury that he, like many others in our world, was martyred, not as an Anglican or Catholic or Baptist, but as a Christian. The bond of suffering becomes a bond of unity.
We become too readily acceptant of the state of disunity in which we live. Hardship sometimes breaks through this state and reminds of a more basic spiritual consanguinity. In the last centuries Christians in India, marginalized, could no longer afford their divided state. We now have our eyes opened to something similar.
We already share, with Catholics, Orthodox, Lutherans, and Reformed, a single baptism of water. In the early Church they spoke of a baptism in blood undergone by martyrs as they were being prepared for the font. In a similar way, in a terrible way, may this hard moment in world history as well awaken us to having 'one Lord, one faith, one baptism.' (Ephesians 4:1)