BIND US TOGETHER

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Opening Prayer

Spirit of the living Christ,
come upon us in the glory of your risen power;

Spirit of the living Christ,
come upon us in all the humility of your wondrous love;

Spirit of the living Christ,
come upon us that new life may course within our veins,
new love bind us together in one family,
a new vision of the Kingdom of God spur us on to serve you with fearless passion.

— Anonymous

TEXT

John 17:6-12 NRSV

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled.”

 

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Just as God did not create men [and women] to live as individuals but to come together in the formation of social unity, so he willed to make [them] holy and save them, not as individuals without bond or link between them, but rather to make them into a people who might acknowledge him and serve him in holiness.

— The Vatican II, 1962-1965

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