Day 37, Nicene Creed, 29th Line
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
It’s not like there are as many bodies of Christ as there are versions of Christianity. There is and can only be one Body of Christ, the Church.
The Church is holy in that she is set apart and consecrated unto the Lord. She is catholic, meaning universal—the Church for every generation and culture. And she is apostolic in that she is still the Church that originated with Jesus’ twelve apostles, and continues to follow in their footsteps and traditions.
In John 17, Jesus prays for His followers saying, “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
"And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me."
To that, may our hearts ever say, "Amen."
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This reflection is a part of By Heart: A Lenten Prayer Project.