"I am always touched to see how Jesus links unity and faith together:

'that they may all be one . . . so that the world may believe'

If Christians are united, this will help others to believe.
Disunity is an obstacle to faith
whether it be disunity between individuals, between groups
or between churches.
Disunity prevents people from believing in the message of Jesus.
Our world is filled with divisions and disunity
and if we are not careful
they seep into the life of our communities.
Whenever we allow barriers to rise up and isolate us
FROM others then we can no longer connect.
Whenever we accept some people and reject others,
we create barriers.
We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us
bring down these barriers,
otherwise we will remain closed up
in the logic of fear and of exclusion
and become agents of disunity within our own community.
Jesus thirsts for unity and calls us all to unity."