MAY 20. EASTER. Wk 7. Thu. Jn. 17. 20-26
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.