Scripture

John 17:20-21

I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Reflection

In today’s Scripture passage, Jesus shares his prayer for us to be “one” - just as God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One. Jesus viewed our “oneness” as the most powerful message we have to share with those who will come to believe in Christ. 

Here’s a summary of this week’s focus on ONE. 

(Monday) ONE love. It might be hard to wrap our heads around the idea that all the love we have ever received or given away first flowed from the heart of God. God’s love flows eternally, inexhaustibly and is never withheld from us. Jesus is a revelation of this love in human form, the Incarnation of God’s infinite flow of love for all creation. 

(Tuesday) ONE body. God creates each person as a unique and distinctive being and at the same time, God creates each person in unity, in the image of God. It seems obvious that God loves both our diversity and our unity in the same breath. Theologian and author Richard Rohr says, “Unity is diversity embraced, protected, and maintained by an infinitely generous love. It takes grace and love and the Spirit to achieve unity.” 

(Wednesday) ONE mind. We can train our minds to integrate a constant awareness of God’s kingdom. On one level, we can go about our daily tasks - working, driving, cooking, caring, etc. On yet another level, and at the same time, we can be deeply attentive to the presence of God in our midst, united with others in recognizing that God is present in the people around us, in ourselves and in all creation. 

(Thursday) ONE mission. Throughout our lives, we may engage in a diverse number of missions in service to others, and at the same time, we engage in the ONE mission, the ONE calling we share together to serve as the body of Christ.

(Friday) ONE voice. In The Message version of Romans 15:6, Eugene Peterson uses the concept of a choir to help us better understand how a very diverse group of Christ followers can join together as ONE voice. He says, “Then we'll be a choir - not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!”

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for never withholding your love from us. Help us to be a community of people who live in unity, ONE body, constantly receiving and releasing your love into the world. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us today. May your ONE love be made visible throughout the world. Amen.

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