Father Paul Campbell, LC
eyes up to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: "Holy Father,
I pray not only for them, but also for those
who will believe in me through their word, so
that they may all be one, as you, Father,
are in me and I in you, that they also
may be in us, that the world may believe
that you sent me. And I have given them the
glory you gave me, so that they may be
one, as we are one, I in them and you
in me, that they may be brought to perfection
as one, that the world may know that you sent
me, and that you loved them even as you
loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I
wish that where I am they also may be
with me, that they may see my glory that
you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation
of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does
not know you, but I know you, and they know
that you sent me. I made known to them
your name and I will make it known, that the
love with which you loved me may be in
them and I in them."
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
I believe in you and all that you have
revealed for our salvation. I hope in you because of
your overflowing mercy. Every single act of yours on
this earth demonstrated your love for us. Your ascent
into heaven before the eyes of the Apostles inspires my
hope of one day joining you there. I love
you and wish you to be the center of my
Petition:Lord, heal the wounds of disunity and disharmony
in my life.
1. Unity Among the Disciples: Jesus prays
for the unity of all believers. He wants us
to be one, united in him and with the
Father. Today we find many fractures and divisions within society.
When we look around, we see so many different
denominations. God does not want this division and fragmentation.
He prayed that we may be one so that this
oneness would be a witness to the world that
Jesus was sent from the Father. If the world
remains unconvinced about Christ and the Good News of salvation,
the fault begins with us. How present is Christian
unity in my prayers and sacrifices?
2. Disunity in
the Family: Today we also find an increasing disunity within
the family. Divorce has ripped families apart and separated
children from their parents. It is a rare child
who is not scarred by divorce. The detrimental effect of
“no fault” divorce on children is well known, yet
few seem ready to challenge the assumption that a
marriage should be easier to terminate than a car lease.
The unity Christ wills for all families is based
on his love. He is the glue to hold
us together. It requires us to put others ahead of
ourselves and to seek to serve. It requires a
constant effort to listen and to communicate, to forgive
and to let go. It is not found in the
mantra of self-esteem and self-fulfillment. How ready am I
to ask for or grant forgiveness? How often do
I put my family ahead of my work and my
3. Interior Disharmony: Sin corrodes love and turns
us inward to look toward ourselves. We grow increasingly
selfish. With the world tirelessly promoting freedom as license
to do whatever we want, we become slaves to our
passions. How often do we prefer to indulge our
own whims and desires? How free are we to say
no to sin in our life? Sin creates an
interior disharmony, an interior fracture between what our conscience
presents as God’s will and how we are actually
living. If we love God, we will obey him. Love
apart from such obedience is an illusion – a
lie. If my relationship with Christ is not right, then
all my other relationships rest on shifting sand.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, it is hard to forgive others.
Sometimes it is hard to forgive myself. I need
your strength to move me beyond the pain and
struggle. I need the security of your love and your
presence in my life. Help me to mend the
disharmony in my life that you want me to fix.
Heal the brokenness in my heart, in my home,
in my family and in my Church.
will ask for forgiveness.