May 10, 2016
St. Damien of Moloka’i
Jn 17: 1-11a
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
”I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.
And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
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.
Can you imagine Christ praying for you? It is easy to imagine Christ praying in the Garden at Gethsemane, or even on the cross; after all, those were times of great distress and are illustrated for us in multiple Gospels. But what about the very words that Jesus says to us today? He promises that he is praying for us, since everything of ours is his. What we love, Christ loves. Do you believe that Christ prays for you? Must Christ be too busy to sit and ponder you, to pray for you, to smile at you?
If Christ is doing this for us, what ought we do in return? Who can you pray for today? Can you take time to imagine Christ praying for you, and with you, today? If Christ is not too busy for you, might you be able to make time for somebody else today?
—Patrick Hyland, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Chicago-Detroit province, is studying philosophy at St. Louis University. He lives at the Bellarmine House of Studies.
We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.
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