Prayer for Christian Unity Day 1

Learning to do the right thing

Is 1:12-18 Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan; plead
for the widow
Lk 10:25-36 He asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

According to Isaiah, God wants Judah not only to practice justice but to embrace the principle of
always doing the right thing. God wants us not only to care for orphans and widows but to do
what is right and good for them and anyone marginalised by society. The Hebrew word for good is yaw-tab' and it means to be glad, joyful, pleasing, to do well, to make something beautiful.

To be Christian means to be a disciple. All Christians sit under the Word of God, learning together what it is to do good, and who it is that stands in need of this solidarity. As society becomes more indifferent to the needs of others, we, as the children of God, must learn to take up the cause of our oppressed brothers and sisters by speaking truth to power and if necessary, plead their case so that they may live in peace with justice. In doing this we will always do the right thing!

Our commitment to eradicate and to be healed of the sin of racism requires us to be prepared and willing to be in relationship with our Christian sisters and brothers.

Christian Unity
A lawyer asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus’ response asks us to see beyond the
divisions of religion, tribe and nationality to recognize our neighbor in need. Christians likewise
must see beyond these divides and the divisions within the Christian family to recognize and love our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Who are the marginalised or oppressed in your society? How might churches together walk with these brothers and sisters, respond to their need and speak up on their behalf?

Lord, you called your people from slavery into freedom,
Give us strength and courage to seek out those who are standing in need of justice. Allow us to
see this need and provide help, and through your Holy Spirit gather us into the one fold of Jesus
Christ, our Shepherd. Amen.

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