“Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, schooled through Lenten observance and nourished by your word, through holy restraint we may be devoted to you with all our hearts and be ever united in prayer. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
Christ unites all believers. It is the believers themselves who seek to constantly divide themselves and cause dissension in the Church. Christ’s longing for his followers in John 17 was that the world would have faith because of what they said of Him. It wasn’t that we continue to fight among ourselves to see who has the “right” idea about God’s work in the world.
Lent is an opportunity to share in the ancients’ liturgy that we remain united in prayer. Christ’s significance is one of unification. He brings all things together and makes all things new in Him. His forgiveness of our sins is the example of Grace we need for one another.
Christ coming to earth changed everything. We are now free to unite ourselves to one another through holy restraint. Sometimes we may not agree with everything the other person believes, but Jesus is big enough for all of us.
Prayer points // pray to seek unity in the Church regardless of your differences with your fellow believers.
Scripture Mediation // John 17; 1 Corinthians 1:10-12