Day 7 – Sunday 24th January

“I am the vine, you are the branches.”   (John 15:5a)

I Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:21-23      Is Christ divided?

John 17:20-23                                  As you and I are one

Meditation

On the eve of his death, Jesus  prayed for the unity of those the Father gave him: “that they may all be one...so that the world may believe”. Joined to him, as a branch to the vine, we share the same sap that circulates among us and vitalises us.

Each tradition seeks to lead us to the heart of our faith: communion with God, through Christ, in the Spirit. The more we live in this communion, the more we are connected to other Christians and to all of humanity. Paul warns us against an attitude that had already threatened the unity of the first Christians, absolutizing one’s own tradition to the detriment of the unity of the body of Christ. Differences then became divisive instead of mutually enriching. Paul had a very broad vision: “All are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God” (1 Cor 3:22-23).

Christ’s will commits us to a path of unity and reconciliation. It also commits us to unite our prayer to his: “that they may all be one … so that the world may believe” (John 17:21).

“Never resign yourself to the scandal of the separation of Christians who so readily profess love for their neighbour, and yet remain divided. Make the unity of the body of Christ your passionate concern.”

(The Rule of Taize)

We pray for

St Joseph’s R C Church.

Our vision for working together in Ramsbottom.

Those who work for peace and reconciliation.

Worldwide unity as we tackle the effects of Coronavirus.

We pray together

Holy Spirit,

vivifying fire and gentle breath, come and abide in us.

Renew in us the passion for unity

so that we may live in awareness of the bond that unites us in you.

May all who have put on Christ at their baptism

unite and bear witness together to the hope that sustains them.

Amen

Question

What part of your tradition is vital and life-giving and what can you learn from what is vital and life –giving within other Christian traditions?

Go and do

Consider and commit to one act of unity.