When Jesus prays, we sit up and take notice. This must be important. It must be vital. In the lectionary reading this week Jesus prays about unity, knowledge, glory, and love. The prayer reminds us that there is nothing surprising about Christian divisions, that even Jesus expected them. But it also shows us that Jesus wasn’t content to settle for division. Why would division concern Jesus? His prayer displays the remarkable relationship Jesus has with the Father. Their connection is so complete that it allows for the perfect sharing of love and glory. And that’s not the end of the story, Jesus wants to invite more into this remarkable unity. He wants to invite the world (verse 23 & 25). Division concerns Jesus because there is no room for it in the kind of holistic relationship of faith and belief he is offering, but also because displaying unity is one of the great ways the Good News is spread.We had the opportunity a week ago to participate in Hands on Topeka. It is an annual event which brings together Topeka area United Methodist Churches to provide service in our community. We did some important work cleaning up and caring for public spaces from parks to schools around town. If that’s all we had done, it would have been a good day. But more importantly we witnessed to the love of Christ in unity.
Look for places where you can share in the work of faith with others, so that God’s glory might be shared more broadly in the world.