Knowing that his end was near, Jesus prayed. He prayed for those closest to him, his disciples. He prayed for those who have yet to come to faith because of their witness.

Throughout his life, he had shared the union with His Father through frequent prayer away and witnessed through His deeds of healing, forgiveness and empowerment. The good news of Jesus had spread and soon his disciples must take on the preaching and the witness that will make us all one.

Heaven knows, we are still not one. So take courage as the disciples did, draw close to God in prayer but then act to build unity among all people through word and deed.

As the Easter season ends, has Jesus become more close, more alive, through my prayer and reflection? How do I witness to the risen Jesus in my everyday life?

—Marge Sears is a writer and parishioner at Gesu Parish, Detroit MI.