Today the gospel reaches the point in the farewell discourse of Jesus where he prays for the unity of all people. This familiar text has Jesus pleading that they (all the disciples and “those who will believe in me through their word” – us) may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us…that they may be brought to perfection as one…I have 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. (JN 17:20-26)
Our pleading should rival that of Jesus, I think, when we consider the divisions that exist in our world. No matter the diversity in our prayer and spiritual paths or religious practice, the desire for unity must be backed up with intention toward that goal. If each of us spent some moments every day asking God to wake us up to the unity that already exists by virtue of our shared humanity and to give us the will to foster that unity with all we meet, I believe it could change the world. I’m willing to try. You?