Thursday (May 17, 2018) of the Seventh Week of Easter

Alleluia Jn 17:21
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that the world may believe that you sent me, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 17: 20-26
“May they become perfectly one”

20 “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they may also be in the world, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that I want to be with you, I want to be with you, I want to be with you, I want to be with you. , to behold my glory which you have given me in your love for me before the foundation of the world 25 The righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you; I made known to them your name,and I will make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. “

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Prayer of unity for all who believe, by Cyprian of Carthage – first martyr bishop of Africa, 200-258 A.D.

“The Lord’s loving-kindness, no less than his mercy, is great in respect of our salvation in that, not content to redeem us with his blood, he in addition prayed for us. See now what the desire of his petition was, that just as the Father and Son are one, so also we should abide in absolute unity. From this, it may be evident how greatly someone sins who divides unity and peace, since even the Lord himself petitioned for this same thing. He no doubt desired that his people should in this way be saved and live in peace since he knew that discord cannot come into the kingdom of God.” (excerpt from THE LORD’S PRAYER 30.1

Heavenly Father, have mercy on all your people who have been redeemed by the precious blood of your Son who offered up his life for us on the cross. Pardon our sins and heal our divisions that we may grow in love, unity, and holiness together as your sons and daughters. May all Christian people throughout the world attain the unity for which Jesus prayed on the eve of his sacrifice. Renew in us the power of the Holy Spirit that we may be a sign of that unity and a means of its growth. Increase in us a fervent love, respect, and care for all of our brothers and sisters who believe in Jesus Christ.”