during this Lenten season
nourish us with your word of life
and make us one in love and prayer.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
The Readings Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20; Matthew 5:17-19
Make us one in love and prayer.
This was a special liturgy in the early church.
On this day the first of the scrutinies was celebrated.
We can see why the instruction is about fidelity, but tone of the prayer is one of unity.
On this day when the community prayed so earnestly for those about to be baptised,
we can feel the power of asking that we be made one.
We might reflect upon what it is that divides us,
and what I might do to let the Spirit of Unity draw us together.
I want all of them to be one with each other,
just as I am one with you and you are one with me.
I also want them to be one with us.
Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.
Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper for
"for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me. "
Today's Daily Reflection
God, you love me as your own child.
May I bend my life and will toward you
so that I might accept your teaching and guidance.
I am so grateful for your support in my life,
now and in the eternal life you are preparing for me.
I beg for your help and Spirit in my life today.