Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ~ Part Two

As we continue to pray our octave for the unity of all the world’s Christians:

Day 4, Walking as children of the earth (Leviticus 25:8-17, Psalm 65: 5b-13, Romans 8:18-25, John 9:1-11)

  • Today’s readings invite Christians into a deep unity of action in common concern for the earth.  Where do we practice the spirit of the year of Jubilee in our life as Christians together?
  • Where, in our Christian communities, are we complicit with things that degrade and exploit the earth? Where can we work more together in learning and teachng reverence for God’s creation?

Day 5, Walking as friends of Jesus (Song of Solomon 1:5-8, Psalm 139: 1-6, 3 John 2-8, John 15: 12-17)

  • Who are those in your communities whom Christ calls into your friendship?
  • What prevents the friends of Jesus from being friends with one another?
  • How does being the friends of the same Jesus challenge the divided churches?

Day 6, Walking beyond barriers (Ruth 4: 13-18, Psalm 113, Ephesians 2: 13-16, Matthew 15:21-28)

  • What are the barriers that separate Christians in your community?
  • What are the barriers that separate Christians from other religious traditions in your community?
  • What are the differences and similarities between walking beyond the barriers that separate Christians from one another, and walking beyond those between Christianity and other religions?

Day 7, Walking in solidarity (Numbers 27: 1-11, Psalm 15, Acts 2:43-47, Luke 10:25-37)

  • Who in your community stands in need of solidarity of the Christian community?
  • What churches are, or have been, in solidarity with you?
  • In what ways would more visible Christian unity enhance the Church’s solidarity with those who stand in need of justice and kindness in your context?

Day 8, Walking in celebration (Habakkuk 3: 17-19, Psalm 100, Philippians 4: 4-9, Luke 1: 46-55)

  • What are the struggles towards justice in your community?  What are the causes for celebration on the way?
  • What are the struggles towards Christian unity in your community?  What are the causes for celebration along the way?

For more information, please go to:

http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/ecumenical-and-interreligious/events/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity.cfm  (USCCB website)

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