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All together now
“Getting your act together” isn’t easy, but it’s sure to be simpler than getting the Body of Christ back together. Which is why today we begin once more an annual week dedicated to promoting Christian unity. Unity is essential to the nature of the church, as Jesus prayed to his Father at the Last Supper: “So that they may be one, as we are one” (John 17:22). Fractures threatened unity as early as the fourth century. The schism between Eastern Orthodox believers and Roman Catholics ruptured the church in the 11th century. The Reformation produced a wedge between Protestants and Catholics in the 16th century. Help heal our history by adding a daily prayer for Christian unity this week.

TODAY’S READINGS: Hebrews 4:1-5, 11; Mark 2:1-12 (309)
“For in fact we have received the good news just as they did.”