Wednesday, May 29, 2019
“The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be completely one.” [John 17:22-23a]
Our passage on Sunday is part of Jesus’ final prayer recorded in the Gospel of John before he was betrayed and arrested. Jesus prays for those who will come to know God through his disciples. Throughout this section of the prayer Jesus emphasizes his hope, “That they may be one.” Yet, as those who have come to know Christ through the lineage of those who heard the good news through the disciples, we have failed miserably at oneness. Christians throughout the centuries are more apt to split and divide then to unite. What have we missed? Have we relegated our faith to just be a set of rules and regulations or specific dogmas or beliefs to be followed, instead of a relationship with the divine mystery we call God? Jesus did say of his relationship with God, “As we are one.” Of course, the Western individualistic culture has fueled our divisions, because we like things our way. What might oneness look like in our day in age? Is it even possible?
Holy God, I admit that I struggle with oneness. I have experienced a lack of welcome sometimes by others who claim to love you and I am sure I have returned the favor on occasion. Forgive me, when I fuel divisions. Give me the courage to be one with you, so that I might be grace-filled and loving towards others who claim to love you. Amen.