Unity, and Christian unity especially, involves a variety of things; sacrifice is one. Families know that. Families are united because one will fore-go some-thing for the good of one or all. Schools know that, too. School spirit is not magic; it is shaped by students, teachers and staff, who realize the school does not revolve around any one of them. Schools are as strong as each and everyone in them. Peter knew the same about the unity of disciples.
Risen Jesus continues praying for us to use our gifts well. Risen Jesus continues praying for us to be his apostles today. Genuine apostles willingly leave certain things, not just to endure hardship but to deepen unity and to make more credible to the world their living witness to risen Jesus. The church does not revolve around us, it revolves around Jesus; it is his body in the world.3 At the same time we are the church; we make Jesus present everywhere. We are the church more than we are in church when we gather around his altar: “The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the making present and the sacramental offering of his unique sacrifice, in the liturgy of the Church which is his Body.”4
- Desire the Trinity to refresh and renew you.
- Ask St. Peter to present you to Jesus.
- Converse with Jesus: praise Jesus for dying and rising for you and for giving himself to you in his sacraments and in ways unique to you.
- Ask Jesus for grace to be aware of your baptism into him as your apostolic invitation to take your place with Jesus.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. His words, give us...our daily bread, call for his self-gift, which allows us to take our place with him, individually and as his body.