Called To Be One

Challenge: Say a kind word to someone whom you have injured carelessly in your speech.
by Father Daniel Pajerski, LC | Source: Catholic.net

May 8, 2008

 

 

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

 

 

 

 

John 17: 20-26

 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: "I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them."

  

 

Introductory Prayer: Jesus, today you give me a glimpse into the thoughts of your heart. Even though I am a humble creature, you still lavish your grace upon me. You desire to spend time with me, and I want to leave everything aside to be with you during this moment of prayer.

 

 

Petition: Lord Jesus, help me to be your faithful friend not only in my words but also in my deeds.

  

 

1. The Power of Words “Consider how a small fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire” (James 3: 5-6). Jesus is well aware of the power of our words. We can do many things with them. We can build others up through our speech, and we can, unfortunately, tear others down. Most importantly, however, we can use our voice to gain followers for Christ. Guided by the Holy Spirit, our testimony has the power to help others believe in God. Actions, too, are eloquent and are an invitation for others to see the goodness of God in us. When we are disciples of Christ in our words and actions, we make Jesus’ prayer a reality: “I pray for all those who will believe in me through their word.”

  

 

2. That They May Be One Have you ever spent time putting a jigsaw puzzle together only to find the last piece missing? We all come in different shapes and sizes, with different gifts and talents. Yet, despite our differences, God’s plan for us is to be united with him and, in him, with each other. He brings about this unity through his Body, the Church. When we cooperate with God’s grace, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. When we sin, we disrupt unity and put ourselves at risk of being that missing piece of the puzzle. When we love God and neighbor, we allow God to bring about perfection: like a puzzle without a single missing piece.

  

 

3. Lord, I Believe When Jesus walked the earth two thousand years ago he walked in the company of his disciples. They were the ones he physically saw and taught. He conversed with them, ate with them, and shaped them to be his true followers. Yet, because he is also God, he saw more than just the disciples who were with him at that precise historical moment. In his prayer, he saw each and every person who would come to know and love him down through the centuries. He prayed for the things which were dearest to his heart: He prayed for us. He himself says: “Father, they are your gift to me.” Our faith is life-changing because we believe in a God who knows and loves us personally. He alone can satisfy all of our needs.

  

 

Conversation with Christ: Jesus, you have called me to be your intimate friend. You love me so much, that the life you share with the Father and the Holy Spirit you also share with me. While you were on this earth, you knew me and prayed for me. I want to live this day by your side and attract others to you by my words and good example.

  

 

Resolution: I will say a kind word to someone whom I may have injured carelessly in my speech.



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