“As we approach Christian Unity Week, we are mindful of Jesus’ greatest desire that we ‘would be one’ (John 17:21). I firmly believe that the more we connect with the earth and allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit the more we will experience a greater sense of that unity which is God’s desire for us.
Through reconnecting with the earth we discover our shared origin and destiny, a common homeland. We become aware of our humanity, a shared humanity. We discover that we are all connected as God’s people. It makes no difference what version of Christianity we profess. Once we recognise this then we can no longer turn our backs on the cry of the earth for us to protect it and the cries of its peoples for justice…” Canon Isaac Delamere, Rector of Tullamore Union of Parishes, Co Offaly, Ireland (Africa Magazine, January/February 2023)
DAY 1, January 18th: Learning to do the right thing
Is 1:12-18 Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan; plead for the widow.
Lk 10:25-36 He asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
Lord, you called your people from slavery into freedom,
Give us strength and courage to seek out those who are standing in need of justice. Allow us to see this need and provide help, and through your Holy Spirit gather us into the one fold of Jesus Christ, our Shepherd. Amen.
To follow the Readings and Prayers for each day go to: Church Unity 2023