"Has Christ, then, been divided into parts?" —1 Corinthians 1:13
"I beg you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree in what you say. Let there be no factions" (1 Cor 1:10). We have been baptized into one body (1 Cor 12:13). We are members of the body of Christ (Rm 12:5). If we fail to recognize other Christians as members of Christ's body, we eat and drink a judgment on ourselves when we receive Holy Communion (1 Cor 11:29). Because of our disunity, our Communions are not authentic, and may cause many to become sick, weak, or even to die (1 Cor 11:30). God's plan is to make us all one under Christ's headship (Eph 1:10). Disunity is therefore intolerable.
During this week of prayer for Christian unity, decide to:
- repent. What we have done to continue disunity or have not done within our power to bring about unity is sinful.
- pray daily. Jesus prays daily for unity (see Jn 17:21). His disciples should do the same.
- have faith. Although most people have given up on unity after so many centuries of disunity, we must believe that "nothing is impossible with God" (Lk 1:37).
- evangelize. The more united we are to Christ, the more united we will be with each other.
- stir up the Spirit (2 Tm 1:6). The Spirit is the Source of our unity (Eph 4:3).
Prayer: Father, may Christians be one as You and Jesus are one (Jn 17:21).
Promise: "A people living in darkness has seen a great light. On those who inhabit a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen." —Mt 4:16
Praise: Praise the risen Jesus, our Joy, Hope, Life, and Love!
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, May 30, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 4, 2001