Over the next four days, I’ll be reflecting on the confession of the Nicene Creed: “We believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church”; specifically, the “four marks”: one, holy, catholic and apostolic.
Lord, Your Church confesses that she is one, and in You we are one. Yet, throughout the world we appear visibly as shattered, disjointed and separated–divisively, bitterly and resentfully. We ask, Lord, that Your body may be one as You are the divine One. May the Church reflect visibly Your divine Unity.
We confess, Lord, that You are three divine Persons in Your Being, yet we also confess that You are not three gods, but one God. May reflection and meditation on Your Being draw us up into Your life and spur us onwards toward unity among ourselves. May the multiplicity of persons in the Church form one unity, just as the multiplicity of persons in the Godhead forms but one Unity.
We ask, Lord, that You would stir up a great longing in the hearts of Your people for unity among themselves. Teach us, Lord, to love the various parts of Your vast and diverse body, to recognize the hidden oneness of it, and to seek to bring that oneness to visible light. Work in us by Your Spirit and draw us together, that our real spiritual unity may be a real physical unity also.
All these things we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.