Father I pray that they may be one as we also are one

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Today we hear Jesus praying to the Father, “Father I pray that they may be one as we also are one. Jesus wants as many of his people on earth to join together in love, and with one purpose in mind to understand what He came down on earth to teach us and to make each other aware of these teachings by our examples of good Christian living. Thou shall love the Lord thy God with thou whole heart, with thy whole mind, and with thy whole soul. Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. All these teachings are written down in the New Testament of the Bible. Jesus showed us how He loves us with an unconditional love and he proved this love by dying on the cross for us. Today we honor our mothers who in so many ways are perfect examples of unconditional love. We are to follow these examples. In nature we see examples of how God creates. No one single cell or organism is able to bear fruit by itself. Instead many cells and organisms join together to become a whole something or other. Our own bodies are composed of many cells and organisms which join together to become your stomach, liver, heart, brain, etc. and these join together to become a human person. A single branch on a tree is able to bear fruit, but a branch by itself is not able to bear fruit unless it is nourished by the root’s ability to get nutrients from the soil and the trunk and limbs to carry the nutrients to the branch. Jesus in one of his parables said “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Therefore, we cannot hope to bear fruit by ourselves unless we join with our fellow Christians and allow ourselves to be nourished by our Lord Jesus and instructed by the Holy Spirit. In this way be will bear fruit and show the whole world how much we love each other and how much we love God. Others will surely notice how happy we are and will want to become part of what we are. We are to become one in the Lord, He living in us, we living in Him, just as Jesus and the Father are one, so can we be one in Christ. Jesus is the way to the Father. As the Father loves His Son, so shall He love us. So we must put away our selfishness, hatred and anger, our petty differences. These are the things that eat away at the heart of Christianity. We must follow Jesus’ example of loving each other and caring for each other with a loving Christian kindness. In this manner do we empower ourselves to become something much greater than we are as individuals.
Thanks be to God

Lloyd Lapierre