One-Minute Reflection: Luke 1:10 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #22)

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“And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.” (Luke 1:10)

Reflection:

There are glimpses of unity all around us. One instance is people praying together. Today, many of us will gather physically or virtually to pray. We will transcend our differences during those prayerful moments, and our hearts will become one in the LORD.

Today’s Intention: Jesus, Son of the living God, you taught us how to pray. Now, we ask for the grace to unite each other in prayer.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Lv 26:6 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #21)

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“I will establish peace in the land, and you will lie down to rest with no one to cause you anxiety” (Lv 26:6)

Reflection

When we look at our nation’s political environment, it is hard to imagine how unity can come when peace seems out of our reach. We feel that we have lost control. Thus we are overcome by anxiety.

However, as discouraging as the situation may look, we must continue to climb the mountain top with God’s help.

Today’s Intention: O Lord, we ask that you give us rest from our anxiety and strength of peace and unity through Your power.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Mark 7:20 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #20)

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“And he said: “What comes out of a man is what defiles a man” (Mark 7:20-RSV)

Reflection

Social media’s insidious nature is the impression of safety—the entitlement to say anything without regard to unity.

Many decent hearts become stubborn and go astray in the realm of social media (cf Psalm 95:8-10), trading wisdom and unity for pride and “likes.” 

Today’s Intention: Lord, give us the wisdom to pray before we post, to reflect on the impact on our soul, others, and unity. 

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Mark 7:6 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #19)

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‘This people honors me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from me” (Mark 7:6 – NABRE)

Reflection

Our humanity is a contradiction.

We say that we love our neighbors yet work at deceiving them. We say that we love life but disregard others’ when theirs interfere with our freedom. We seek God but wander in darkness. Therefore, let us stay awake (cf. 1 Peter 5:8). Let us be intentional about unifying our lips and hearts.

Today’s Intention:

O Holy Spirit, Dawn of Light, helps us honor Jesus with words and deeds that promote unity.

Peace and Goodness