Posted by: livingscripture | June 1, 2017

Seventh Thursday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 1, 2017

SEVENTH THURSDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

 

WORD of the DAY

“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”.       (John 17: 20-23)

How shall I live this Word?

Today’s Gospel presents the last part of the ‘Priestly Prayer’ of Jesus.  His supreme hour has come to give Himself over to His Passion and Death, but before He dies, He leaves His disciples His last spiritual will and testament.

Jesus prays for the small group of disciples that are around Him.  His gaze goes beyond the limits of the Cenacle to embrace the crowds of men and women spread throughout every part of the world.  In this prayer, He has also seen us; He has prayed for me, for you!  To think that Jesus not only prayed for those present there but ‘also for those who will believe in me through their word’.

This is so consoling for us of the third millennium, to know that Jesus prayed for us too.  His word and His prayer travel the centuries and become contemporaneous for us His disciples today of every latitude and peoples.  We too can meet the Word made flesh in the proclamation of the Gospel, in the faith of the Church, and in prayer.  The incarnation of Jesus’ prayer continues from age to age down to us.  What does Jesus ask the Father in this prayer?

He asks for UNITY:  ‘So that we may all be one as He and the Father are one…so that the world will believe that You sent Me”.  Jesus wants His disciples to be one thing only!  He well knows that the spirit of division, the devil’s characteristic, would annihilate them.  For this great danger, He formulates a prayer that is humanly impossible: that everyone will have the same unity He and the Father have.  It is an exaggerated, impossible prayer.  But the Son knows that the Father loves without limits and that for Him nothing is impossible! 

The Voice of Justin, Martyr, Ancient Greek Apologist

 You pray above all that the doors of light may be opened so that no one can see and understand unless God and His Christ grant that they understand.

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