This is a week set aside by the World Council of Churches asking Christians to pray for the unity of the body of Christ. I respect any endeavor that seeks to eliminate the lines that separate not only Christians, but people. We live in a world that tries to draw sharp distinctions between people. Black and white, native and non-native, urban and rural, rich and poor. Such distinctions lead to labels. And when we look at people through the single lens of a label we fail to see the fullness of their humanity.
Certainly Jesus desired his followers to be united in love and mission. But he also showed us how to look at all people with eyes of compassion to see them as whole persons. People are more than labels.
So during this week of prayer for Christian unity let us also diminish and eliminate the lines that separate us from all people of the world. Our union with God always comes with a mission to become one with others.