Seeking Christian unity is like being told by the Lord to climb a fog shrouded mountain. We have no idea what we will find at the peak other than God’s will. We know we must make the journey although it may at times seem a labyrinthine path.
In John 17:20, Jesus gave us our marching orders: “I pray not only for them, 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.”
This week, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, is not a time set aside for the journey. Rather, it is a signpost along the road to remind us that our journey to God must be a journey toward unity.
Let us arise and move forward in the name of the Lord.
Image credit: A painting of Pope Francis at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity shows him holding an icon of Sts. Peter and Andrew. The icon was given by Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople to Pope Paul VI in 1964 and how hangs in the council’s Vatican office. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (May 9, 2014)