Day 5: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2009

(This is Neil)

 

Day 5

 

Christians face to face
with discrimination and social prejudice
“that they may become one in your hand”

 

Is 58: 6-12

 

Do not hide yourself from your own kin

Ps 133

How good it is when kindred live in unity

Gal 3: 26-29

You are all one in Christ Jesus

 Lk 18: 9-14

To some who trusted in their own righteousness

 

Commentary

 

In the beginning, human beings created in the image of God were but one in his hand. Sin, however, entered the hearts of men and women and since then we have built up all kinds of prejudice. Here it may be according to race or ethnic identity, elsewhere sexual identity or the simple fact of being man or woman is cause for discrimination. In yet other places it is being disabled or adhering to a particular religion which is a reason for exclusion. All these discriminatory factors are dehumanising and a source of conflict and great suffering.

 

In his earthly ministry, Jesus showed himself to be particularly sensitive regarding the common humanity of all men and women. He continually denounced discrimination of all sorts and the pride which some of his contemporaries derived from it . The just are not always those whom you would imagine. Contempt has no place in the hearts of believers.

 

Psalm 133 compares the joy of a life shared with sisters and brothers to the goodness of a precious oil or the dew of Mount Hermon. We are given to taste this joy with our sisters and brothers, each time we let go of our confessional prejudices within our ecumenical gatherings.

 

The restoration of the unity of all humankind is the common mission of all Christians. Together they must struggle against all discrimination. It is also their common hope because all are one in Christ and there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, man or woman.

 

Prayer

 

Lord help us to recognize the discrimination and exclusion which damage societies. Direct our gaze and help us to recognize our own prejudices. Teach us to banish all contempt and to taste the joy of living together in unity. Amen.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Day 5: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2009

  1. Tony says:

    The restoration of the unity of all humankind is the common mission of all Christians. Together they must struggle against all discrimination. It is also their common hope because all are one in Christ and there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, man or woman.

    Born or unborn…

  2. Neil says:

    Dear Tony,

    I would say: certainly.

    Neil

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