[Editor’s note: some of us understand the phrase “I love you up to the sky and back” that we often say to our children. How close then can we feel to our God who loved us “before the foundation of the world.” What a mighty statement.]
Jesus prayed for his disciples, and then he said. “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. . . .
From sermon4kids.com: “If you ever find yourself thinking about yourself, rather than being united with others in the church, remember that Jesus prayed that we would be one. When we are one, bound together by Christ’s love, the world gets a taste of the wonderful things that God has for them.”
Collect: O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Reflection: What chains bind you or the people of your community at this time in your life? Where each day do you notice the freedom of Christ working to break the chains apart?
Sunday School — on break for the summer
Eye Candy: “Adoration of the Lamb“, altarpiece, Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent; “The great red dragon and the woman clothed with the sun” by William Blake; “And the moon became as blood” by Howard Finster
One can be the singular one / or it can be arithmetically generous
a trillion divided by itself held as fraction / this unity you pray for is it
a lock-step compliance, an orthodoxy / the twentieth century hegemonic earthquake
is it school uniforms and khakis / blue polos and neckerchiefs tied just so
sneakers with white socks pulled up / or is it a complex of color differentiated
a polyrhythmic dance, a tango / of entanglement and then release
collect us all in your manifold arms / and let us be just what we are and
find unity only in your love which is you
~ Michael Coffey
Image “Holy Spirit” by Sue Ann Jackson Land.