Day 1 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

 

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Meditation

 

“You did not choose me but I chose you” meditation The start of the journey is an encounter between a human being and God, between the created and the Creator, between time and eternity.

Abraham heard the call: “Go to the land I will show you”. Like Abraham we are called to leave that which is familiar and go to the place that God has prepared in the depths of our hearts. Along the way, we become more and more ourselves, the people God has wanted us to be from the beginning. And by following the call that is addressed to us, we become a blessing for our loved ones, our neighbours, and the world.

The love of God seeks us. God became human in Jesus, in whom we encounter the gaze of God. In DAY 1 our lives, as in the Gospel of John, God’s call is heard in different ways. Touched by his love, we set out. In this encounter, we walk a path of transformation - the bright beginning of a relationship of love that is always started anew.

“One day you understood that, without your being aware of it, a yes had already been inscribed in your innermost depths. And so you chose to go forward in the footsteps of Christ…. In silence in the presence of Christ, you heard him say, ‘Come, follow me; I will give you a place to rest your heart.’”
[The Sources of Taizé (2000) p. 52]


Prayer

Jesus Christ,
you seek us,
you wish to offer us your friendship
and lead us to a life
that is ever more complete.
Grant us the confidence
to answer your call
so that we may be transformed
and become witnesses
of your tenderness for the world.

 

Questions

  • Have you ever been aware that God was asking you or someone you know to begin a new journey in life – whether literally moving to somewhere else, or ‘changing direction’ in some other way? How did you respond?

  • What changes could your church or group of churches make to empower God’s people to walk more faithfully the path God has set for you, or to discern God’s guidance more clearly?

  • What are some of the stories of the ‘new’ members of your community, whether they have crossed a county boundary or journeyed across continents to get there?


Go and Do

 
Global: Get informed about and take action on global refugee and asylum issues and campaigns.
 
Local: Participate in any hospitality being offered locally to those who have had no choice but to go on a long journey to find safety in an unfamiliar place across the world.
 
Personal: Spend time exploring what is unfamiliar to you in another Christian tradition and which might help lead you to greater understanding and unity.
 


From resourceds provided by CTBI and  http://www.christianunity.va/

 The call of Abraham

Jn
1:35
-
51
The call of the first disciples
Meditation
The start of the journey is an encounter between a human being and God, between the created and the Creator,
between time and eternity.
Abraham heard the call: “Go to the land I will show you”. Like A
braham we are called to leave that which is familiar
and go to the place that God has prepared in the depths of our hearts. Along the way, we become more and more
ourselves, the people God has wanted us to be from the beginning.
And b
y following the call t
hat is addressed to us,
we become a blessing for our loved ones, our neighbours, and the world.
The love of God seeks us. God became human in Jesus, in whom we encounter the gaze of God. In our lives, as in the
Gospel of John, God’s call is heard in
different ways. Touched by his love, we
set out. In this encounter, we walk a path
of transformation
-
the bright beginning of a relationship of love that is always started anew.
One day you understood that, without your being aware of it, a yes had alrea
dy been inscribed in your innermost depths. And
so you chose to go forward in the footsteps of Christ....
In silence in the presence of Christ, you heard him say, “Come, follow me; I will give you a place to rest your heart.”
The S
ources of Taizé
(2000) p.
52
Prayer
Jesus Christ,
you seek us, you wish to offer us your friendship
and lead us to a life that is ever more complete.
Grant us the confidence to answer your call
so that we may be transformed
and become witnesses of your tenderness for the world
.
 
 
Maturing internally
“Abide in me as I abide in you”
(
Jn
15:4a)
Eph 3:14
-
21
May Christ dwell in our hearts
Lk
2:41
-
52
Mary treasured all these things
Meditation
The encounter with Jesus gives rise to the
desire to stay with him and to abide in him: a time in which fruit matures.
Being fully human, like us Jesus grew and matured. He lived a simple life, rooted in the practices of his Jewish faith.
In this hidden life in Nazareth, where apparently nothing ex
traordinary happened, the presence of the Father
nourished him.
Mary contemplated the actions of God in her life and in that of her son. She treasured all these things in her heart.
Thus, little by little, she
embraced the mystery of Jesus.
We too need a
long period of maturation, an entire lifetime, in order to plumb the depth
s of Christ's love, to let him
abide in us and
for us
to abide in him. Without
our knowing how, the Spirit makes Christ dwell in our hearts.
A
nd it
is through prayer, by listening to
the word, in sharing with others, by putting into
practice what we have
understood,
that the inner being is strengthened.
“Letting Christ descend into the depths of our being ... He will penetrate the regions of the mind and the heart, he will reach
our fle
sh unto our innermost being, so that we too will one day experience the depths of mercy.”
The
S
ources of Taizé
(
2000
)
p.
134
Prayer
Holy Spirit,
May we receive in our hearts the presence of Christ,
and cherish it as a secret of love.
Nourish our prayer,
enlighten our reading of Scripture,
act through us,
so that the fruits of your gifts can patiently grow in us.