MAY 20. EASTER. Wk 7. Thu. Jn. 17. 20-26
Updated: Sep 5
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
I pray not only for these,
but for those also
who through their words will believe in me.
May they all be one.
Father, may they be one in us,
as you are in me and I am in you,
so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.
I have given them the glory you gave to me,
that they may be one as we are one.
With me in them and you in me,
may they be so completely one
that the world will realise that it was you who sent me
and that I have loved them as much as you loved me.
Father, I want those you have given me
to be with me where I am,
so that they may always see the glory you have given me
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Father, Righteous One,
the world has not known you,
but I have known you,
and these have known that you have sent me.
I have made your name known to them
and will continue to make it known,
so that the love with which you loved me may be in them,
and so that I may be in them.’
Jesus, as his earthly mission draws to a close, here is issues a most beautiful prayer, which, unless we pause to really reflect on what he is saying, we will miss its richness and love.
Note particularly who Christ is praying for, as it is very significant; - “I pray not only for these, but for those also who; - through their words; - will believe in me”. There are two groups here; - the founding Apostles and “those who, through their words, will believe!”
To put it another way; - he is praying for the leadership of his new Church; - and for all those who as a result of its work; - “would believe!” Which means, when this prayer was uttered two thousand years ago, he was praying for us today; - a truth that is very easily overlooked!
And then we have to reflect on what he is asking of the Father; - “May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us; - as you are in me and I am in you; - so the world may believe it was you who sent me!” He is asking that we all be one; - in a union of Love! And the reason he is asking for this is so “so the entire world may “see” this union of Love; - and believe!”
Christ is praying for his new Church; - those who believe in its teachings; -, and for the world
“So the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so I may be in them”.
He is praying the entire world may believe; - and dwell with the Trinity in a Union of Love!
Gospel Acclamation Jn17:21
May all be one as you are, Father, and I in you;
let the world believe that you sent me, says the Lord.
First reading Acts 20:28-38 ·
I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, and its power
Paul addressed these words to the elders of the church of Ephesus:
‘Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you the overseers, to feed the Church of God which he bought with his own blood. I know quite well that when I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks there will be men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them. So be on your guard, remembering how night and day for three years I never failed to keep you right, shedding tears over each one of you. And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace that has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance among all the sanctified.
‘I have never asked anyone for money or clothes; you know for yourselves that the work I did earned enough to meet my needs and those of my companions. I did this to show you that this is how we must exert ourselves to support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”’
When he had finished speaking he knelt down with them all and prayed. By now they were all in tears; they put their arms round Paul’s neck and kissed him; what saddened them most was his saying they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.