Saint for the day: Blessed Oscar A. Romero (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980)
Ezekiel 37:21-28 – Jeremiah 31:10 – 12 – John 11:45-56
I pray, that they may be one as you, Father are one in me and I in you.” (John 17:31)These words of Jesus from what is known as “The Priestly Prayer” are still the prayer that we pray two thousand plus years down the road. It’s no secret that all creation has groaned for this “oneness” that was first lost in Eden and continues fragmenting society all across our world and throughout the ages.
Our Old Testament readings that we’ve been hearing in these last days of Lent remind us that God still hopes for the best even as we stumble and fall along the way. What is it that keeps us as a broken, fragmented people? We can’t just say, “it’s their fault” pointing to someone or something outside of ourselves. If there is to be the unity that Jesus (and God, too) might get it a little more together than before!
The words of a familiar song come to mind: “Let there be peace (eg unity, oneness, harmony, etc) on earth and let it begin with me” We can’t be like the S & Ps always pointing to the problem being out there. We have to begin right here and now to take the steps necessary to begin that healing process.
In one sense we can be encouraged that this has been the desire of God through the prophets and the people for all time. On the other side, however, we can see that our world and its people have fallen way short of that goal for all time and in all places.
So, what can I do right here and now to bring about this desire of God/Jesus? The familiar parable of the “talents” comes to mind. It’s not that we have to go out and ‘double our money’ but, like the man who got just one “talent,” we have to at least make some effort – even passive – to bring change – first in ourselves – and then on the rebound to those around us and the world.
This is the prayer of Jesus which has to become our prayer, too. “… that they may be one!” Amen!