”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
I regularly read the front page of the morning paper, and recently noted headlines and articles titled: “The Economic Division of the Haves and Have Nots,” “The Battle by Syrian Christians to fight the oppression of ISIS,” and “The Race Discord in US Cities,” etc. On the surface there is not a lot of union in our “front page/soundbite” world. Nonetheless God has given us the challenge to become more as One, as His Divine Trinity is One. The Lord invites us to aspire to live as one, in this contemporary world we have created as one. So, can we pretend to solve all the economic, religious, racial, political, legal and financial divisions within our daily world by some kind of magic wand?
Certainly not. Perhaps one of the first steps any of us can take is to acknowledge that we need God’s life and love to animate this process of unity. We don’t have all the answers and need his divine inspiration to listen carefully to opposing points of view, and even to respect the right to have such opposing points of view.
I pray today to acknowledge God, and then ask for God’s assistance to aspire to the solidarity he invites me to be a part of.
—Bill Burke serves as a Regional Director in the Advancement office of the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin provinces of the Society of Jesus. Bill and his wife, Colleen, have two daughters.
Holy God, how is it that you invite me to open a door of hope and possibility with those I meet today? Place your love, your strength, your grace deep within my heart. Help me draw others to you today through all I say and do. Amen.
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