Monday, June 29, 2009

Maurice: the desire for unity

Monday, June 29, 2009
    Feast of Peter & Paul, Apostles

    [Jesus praying:] I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
    —John 17:22,23 (NIV)

    The desire for unity has haunted me all my life through; I have never been able to substitute any desire for that, or to accept any of the different schemes for satisfying it which men have desired.
    ... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), The Life of Frederick Denison Maurice: Chiefly Told in His Own Letters, v.1, ed. John Frederick Maurice, London: Macmillan, 1885, p. 41 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, only Your hand can unite Your people.

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