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Meditation for Day 1 of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 20, 2008 (Zenit) - Here is the commentary prepared jointly by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches for the first day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which began last Friday.

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Pray always,
"Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Isaiah 55:6-9 "Seek the Lord while he may be found"
Psalm 34 "I sought the Lord, and he answered me"
1 Thessalonians 5:(12a), 13b-18 "Pray without ceasing"
Luke 18:1-8 "To pray always and not to lose heart"

Commentary

Paul writes, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." His epistle is written to a faithful community that is anxious about death. Many good and believing brothers and sisters have "fallen asleep" before the Lord's return to bring all into his resurrection. What will happen to these faithful dead? What will happen to the living? Paul assures them that the dead shall be raised with the living and exhorts them to "pray without ceasing." What does it mean to pray without ceasing? We find insights to answer this question in today's readings. Our whole lives are to be a seeking of the Lord, convinced that in seeking, we shall find.

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