Thursday 20 May 2021

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St Bernardine of Siena

Acts 22:30; 23:6-11. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope – Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-11. John 17:20-26.

Love is the only thing which can ever overcome our differences

It is the night of the Last Supper. After having shared a meal with the disciples and washed their feet, Jesus prays to the Father, not only for them, but also for us: ‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word . . .’ Three times he prays that we would all become one as he and his Father are one. Jesus did not just pray for our tolerance, our getting along, or being nice to each other. Instead, Jesus prayed that we would be one so that our unity would reveal God’s presence to the world. Oneness in the midst of difference and division becomes a sacramental presence of God’s life in the world. It is not about eliminating differences. It is about love. And love is the only thing which can ever overcome our differences.

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