This Sunday we will hear the end of the Farewell Prayer or the High Priest Prayer that Jesus gives in anticipation of the development of a community of faithful followers. The prayer emphasizes the importance of unity among his followers. The unity that Jesus prays for is based on a “give-and-take” kind of love. I am reminded that this unity is like a dance. If you have ever watched “Dancing with the Stars” you have an idea of how much work it takes to dance with someone else, especially, someone you don’t know.
To develop a rhythm and unity with a partner takes effort and communication. In the same way it takes effort and communication to be united in a community. But, when we are open to bringing different perspectives, ideas, and expectations together we have potential to impact the world around us instead of stepping on each other’s toes.
Differences will always be a part of a community but the mark of a Christian is how we unite within our differences. May we be open to the dance of unity as we continue our life together in Christ. Amen.