This week, Churches celebrate and pray for Christian Unity. It is a scandal and very disheartening that Christian Churches have splintered into groups, often because of rather flimsy reasons. I can hear the Lord’s warning that a house divided against itself cannot stand. There were even periods in Church history that Christians killed and oppressed other Christians because of their differences in their religious beliefs.
I pray for Christian Unity with the rest of other Christians desirous to being one in the Father with Christ. One of the inspiring moments during the Walk For Life in San Francisco last Sunday was to see various Christian denominations marching together and celebrating life, condemning the culture of death and the moral bankruptcy of our throw-away society.
I call to mind and pray make them my prayers these words of Jesus, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.“
Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus,
“He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and
“By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
“How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand; that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder his house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies
that people utter will be forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”
For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”