Wednesday 5 June 2019

About Today Readings

Acts 20:28-38. Psalm 67(68):29-30, 33-36. John 17:11-19.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth – Psalm 67(68):29-30, 33-36.
‘Holy Father protect them … so that they be one, as we are one.’

In the space of eleven verses in chapter 17 of John’s Gospel, Jesus prays five times for unity among his disciples. He prays that they may be one just as he and the father are one.

The oneness of which Jesus speaks is a great mystery. It is more than the corporate unity that ecumenists promote or the institutional unity we seek within a church beset by factions (desirable as those goals are). It is Jesus’ invitation to us to be drawn individually and collectively into the divine community of love, to love as he loves us and as the Father loves him. We reflect that love in our daily lives by our unconditional love for all our brothers and sisters. As Jesus said, ‘By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ (John 13:35).

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