”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Jesus is a very active guy. He heals, preaches, teaches, comforts, serves, sacrifices, forgives, loves, and… he prays. When I think of Jesus praying, I think of the places he prayed – in the garden or in the desert or all night on the mountain. I don’t typically think about for whom or for what Jesus was praying, let alone imagine him praying for me. Today’s Gospel centers on Jesus’ “priestly prayer” for us, which comes at the conclusion of his “Farewell Discourse” at the Last Supper. In this prayer, Jesus speaks directly to his Father, making explicit the unity of God the Father with Jesus the Son. Through this prayer, Jesus extends this unity to “those who will believe in [Him] through their word, that they may all be one” – that’s us! This is not a miracle, or a parable, or a sermon. It is Jesus’ intercessory prayer for us, for unity.
—Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.
Lord Jesus, we ask you now
to help us to remain with you always,
to be close to you with all the ardor of our hearts,
to take up joyfully the mission you entrust to us,
and that is to continue your presence
and spread the good news of your Resurrection.
—Carlo Maria Martini, SJPlease share the Good Word with your friends!