Recollections of Retreat 1999

Reflections on the Retreat 1999

Led by Remban P.N. Paul
Saturday, August 7, 1999

Theme: How can we be one in Christ? What are the obstacles for this union?

(All quotations are from New English Bible.)

Basis for the theme:

St. Paul to Ephesians, Chapter 1:1-10

God has told us the secret reason for sending Christ, a plan he decided on in mercy long ago; and this was his purpose:

That when the time is ripe he will gather us all together from wherever we are - in heaven or on earth - to be with him in Christ, forever. (1:9-10)

St. John 17:20-22

I am not praying for these alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these. My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father - that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.

I have given them the glory you gave me - the glorious unity of being one, as we are - I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one - so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.

So, according to the scriptures, in the end, we will be one in Christ, both in body and in spirit. The goal or aim of every Christian should be to be one in Christ. Now there are some obstacles that prevent us from getting into that union. Rambachen used this as the theme for this years' retreat. He also used the occasion to remind us that a retreat is an ideal time to make the beginning. It is an opportunity only very few people get. So, we should take advantage of it as much as possible.

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