The Lord is the Light in Our Midst

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Join us for the 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Join the Friars and many faithful from Christian denominations around the world for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2022. Our theme for 2022 is “We Saw the Star in the East, and We Came To Worship Him.”

The theme, taken from the second chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew, is the Epiphany. Each year in January, the Church recalls the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem, highlighting God’s invitation to all of humanity to a new covenant in the Incarnation of Christ. In the Eastern Churches, Epiphany is joined to the mystery of the Baptism of Christ, a baptism all Christians hold in common as a testimony to their faith in the Son of God.

Celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in your community from January 18-25, 2022. That they all may be one.

Day 1, Raise us up and draw us to your perfect light. “We observed his star in the East.” (Matthew 2:2)

Scripture for 1-18-2022

  • 2 Timothy 1:7-10, This grace… has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus.
  • John 16:7-14, When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.

Meditation for 1-18-2022

In this fragile and uncertain world, we look for a light, a ray of hope from afar. In the midst of evil, we long for goodness. Our confidence rests in the God we worship. God, in wisdom, enabled us to hope for divine intervention; but we had not anticipated that God’s intervention would be a person and that the Lord himself would be the light in our midst. This exceeded all our expectations. God’s gift to us is a “spirit of power and love.”

In the midst of humanity’s darkness, the star from the East shone. The star’s light was not only illumination at a particular historical moment but it continues to shine and change the face of human history. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the changing of circumstances, the Risen One continues to shine, moving within the flow of history like a beacon guiding all into this perfect light and overcoming the darkness which separates us from one another.

The desire to overcome the darkness that separates us compels us to pray and work for Christian unity.

Prayer for 1-18-2022

Lord God, illumine our path by the light of Christ who moves us and leads us. Guide us to discover a small manger in our hearts where a great light still sleeps. Creator of light, we thank you for the gift of that unfading Star, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior. Heal our divisions and draw us closer to the Light that we may find our unity in him. Amen.

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