This week’s prayer gives us plenty of food for meditation:
you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone:
Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
A glance around at the Church today tells us pretty quickly that unity of spirit is not a hallmark of our character. It’s quite easy to see that we don’t agree on much.
That’s why this prayer is so very important. It’s a topic that’s tempting to overlook (or look the other way) because disunity is so pervasive and so unsettling.
I love that it gets right to the heart of the matter: we are built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets (you could say the Old and New Testaments) with Jesus Christ being the head over everything.
You know, I spent most of my life thinking that Jesus’ *only* purpose on this earth was to die for our sins. And while His self-sacrificing love does indeed redeem us, there is so much more to Him than this incredible gift.
Jesus upended the “law and prophets” by revealing God’s true character to us. He gave us a clear picture of what God is like! He is the image of the invisible God.
As a friend of mine says, “if you want to know what God is like, just look at Jesus!” It’s a shift that will upend everything you’ve thought about what it means to follow Him.
I wonder....if the church spent more time looking at Jesus, listening to Jesus, imitating Jesus, maybe we would find ourselves experiencing that unity we are praying for.
“Make them one,” Jesus prayed to His Father, “as You and I are one.” Could it be that if we became more like Him in thought, word, and action, that we would see the fulfilment of this prayer?
I kinda think it would.
Let’s seek to know Jesus, our chief cornerstone on whom everything is built—and let’s be part of the unity we so desperately need.
Have a great week,