Today sees the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Local clergy and church leaders from Dumbarton Churches Together will be submitting Thoughts for the day during that period
Canon Fr Gerry Conroy, priest at St Patrick’s:
Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him. (Heb. 5:8-9).
This pandemic has brought to the surface many of the fears we have been supressing or dealing with in a kind of a way, most of which we have been keeping at bay for a good number of years. Maybe bringing these things to the surface is the first stage in healing. Christ taught us there could be a value in facing suffering for the children of God. It can bring us to obedience and through obedience to eternal life. The journey back to Christian unity is not without its suffering. May it teach us that same obedience to the will of God that Christ has mapped out for us.