May 16, Thursday Easter Weekday
Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope. — Psalm 16:1
Mass Readings: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/John 17:20-26
Divided We Fall
Today’s first reading is an example of “united we stand, divided we fall.” The Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection; the Pharisees did. Whether intentionally or otherwise, Paul is able to capitalize on this difference to create division within the Sanhedrin, resulting in the Pharisees themselves proclaiming Paul’s innocence! (Although the comment “Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees, so he called out” suggests that he was acting deliberately.)
We Christians can learn from this how not to behave! In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ prays that His followers may be one and that this very unity bear witness to God’s love in an unbelieving world. There’s much that unites us, yet too often we allow differences in doctrine and practice to divide us, thereby marring our testimony.
Prayer: Our Father, help Christians of all denominations to guard the oneness for which Jesus lived and died.
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