READINGS for 2007-05-24
...he was being accused... – Acts 22:30
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
P S A L M
G O S P E L
20 “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, they are your gifts to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. 26 I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 21-26
CHRIST’S PLEA FOR UNITY
We continue to listen to Christ’s prayer. And He opens here His heart with a fervent prayer for unity. Jesus knows only too well that the most destructive activity of the Evil One is creating disunity. A look into world history reveals that there was never a time without a war going on in several parts of the world. These were most of the time political wars. Then came the time of religious disunity. Jews were split into factions and sects. Next, Jews persecuted Christians, and then Christians persecuted the Jews. But why focus on other religions? Christianity splits again and again. Sects broke from the Church, the Eastern Church and the Western Church was and still remains divided. Catholics and Protestants have fought each other in the name of Jesus Christ. Even in our parish organizations we find too often disunity. How many sins against unity are committed within Parish Councils! Charismatic communities split into two or even three! And Jesus, in His last moments with His disciples prayed so hard: “May they all be one, Father, as we are one!” A genuine follower of Christ, therefore, can never accept or get used to it. Pope John Paul II wrote in 1995 a beautiful Encyclical about Christian unity. He reached out to other Christian churches and non- Christian religions. What can I do for unity? As Jesus had prayed for unity, we follow His example and continue His prayer. But this is not enough. It is our task as Christ’s disciples to avoid anything that might create disunity, be it in our families, in a Christian community, or at our work place. Instead of contributing to disunity by gossip and negative talk about others (as it happens sometimes even after Mass on the steps of the Church), we try to find something good in each other and build up each other with charity and respect. We try to become peacemakers where we sense disunity or even find it evident. St. Cyprian wrote in a commentary on the Lord’s Prayer, “God does not accept the sacrifice of a sower of disunion, but commands that he depart from the altar so that he may first be reconciled with his brother. For God can be appeased only by prayers that make peace. To God, the better offering is peace, brotherly concord and a people made one in the unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”Fr. Rudy H.
St. Afra, martyr, pray for us.
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