Community. It’s interesting the way these themes fit in with the things of my day. Long story. Join me in prayer:
Father, from whom all families on earth take their name, forgive us for our constant disputes with our brothers and sisters. Forgive us for pitting Your family against itself—three against two and two against three; mother against daughter and father against son. Let us learn instead to more perfectly imitate You, who are Yourself community—Father and Son together in the love and unity of the Spirit.
Teach us by Your Spirit to imitate the community of the least and the marginal which You appointed to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. Let us seek not the powerful and influential, but rather the poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame, inviting them from east, west, north and south to the great kingdom-feast of God. May this be the vision of our community toward which we strive and into which we hope and live.
This we ask in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ—who for us and for our salvation became man—who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.