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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 2: 	Maturing internally: “Abide in me as I abide in you” (Jn 15:4a)

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. Amen.

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021, 24)

 

          Ubi caritas

 

Responsive Psalm 86: 1 – 8 

 

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God;
 

 

be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

 

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.

 

In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

 

Scripture Reading - Ephesians 3: 14 – 21  

 

1For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Reflection:

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 extraordinary 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 depths 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. And 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.

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021, 24)

 

Closing Prayer

 

O our Lord and our God,

when the pleasant aroma of the fragrance of your love wafts over us, and our souls are enlightened with the knowledge of your truth, may we be deemed worthy to receive the revelation of your Beloved from heaven, and there may we confess you and glorify you without ceasing in your crowned church, filled with all assistance and all blessings, for you are the Lord and Creator of all, Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit for  ever. Amen

(Pilgrim Prayer, 17)

With the words that Jesus taught us, let us now pray together:

 

Our Father…

 

Benediction

 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and all peace in faith,

so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.