Thursday, April 13, 2017

That They All May Be One - Maundy Thursday

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” John 17:1-11

That They All May Be One 

We ache to be special and set apart
God aches for us all to be gathered and one
like a parent anxious for a child's return
God's arms are outstretched and trembling.

We fight for keeping our way of life
God fights for those who reach out in love
those who break down walls and barriers
those who set the prisoners free.

We bend our wills to selfish leadership
so that we too might be popular
God bends over with cloth and basin
washing away the grime of our lives.

We live safe lives, sheltered and protected
behind our walls away from the masses
God lives among those we would not see
walking with the broken, humble and alone.

We pray for peace and act like warriors
protecting our rights, our land, our freedom
 the living God prays that we all may be one
as he and the Eternal Divine are one.

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