Monday, January 23, 2012
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Day 5
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DAY 5 Theme: Changed by the peace of the Risen Lord. Readings: Malachi 4: 5-6 He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents. Psalm 133 How good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! Ephesians 2: 14-20 To reconcile both groups to God in one body, putting to death hostility. John 20: 19-23 Jesus stood among them and said: Peace be with you!
Prayer: Loving and merciful God, teach us the joy of sharing in Your peace. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit so that we may tear down the walls of hostility separating us. May the risen Christ, who is our peace, help us to overcomeall division and unite us as members of His household. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, to whom with You and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
Questions for reflection: 1. What forms of violence in our community can we as Christians confront together? 2. How do we experience hidden hostilities that affect our relationship to each other as Christian communities? 3. How can we learn to welcome each other as Christ welcomes us?