(Jn 17: 1-11a)
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know you, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”
This prayer discloses to us what is most important to Jesus because these are what He remembers and cares for even at the moment of danger. These two things are Jesus’ deep relationship with the Father, and His love and concern for His own. When He prayer, He bring the two together in unity so that He who was united both to the Father in His essence and to the disciples in love, will have those He loved united also.
This is normal in a way. We want those we love to love each other also and we delight in the act of bridging them together. Now Jesus was confident to present His disciples to the Father. He does so with pride since they have been taught, purified and tested. He has deep confidence that His disciples will not faith Him in front of the Father. When everything has been said and done, it is with strong faith that we look forward to a better future ahead especially for the one we love.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF
Jesus, I look at the Lord into the Passion, in courage, in love, in peace. All the earthly life of the Lord has only one purpose: to glorify the Father, to reveal the Father to us.
May the Lord continue praying to the Father to keep us in Father Name. May we follow the example of the Lord, always faithful to the love of the Father, so that, in despite of suffering, we still courage to live fully in the glory of the Father and our salvation. In particular, we ask God to help those who are having difficulties in the life of faith, and keep them in Father’s love. Amen.