”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.
What is the glory of God? It is, in one word, love. Whenever and wherever love is operative, it gives glory to God.
The sum of our faith, the focal point of all discernment, and the law by which we are to live is love. If I seek for God—look to love, and God is there. So, too, wisdom, justice, mercy, and right action—all are found in active love.
In the Contemplation to Love as God Loves from the Spiritual Exercises, the grace I ask for is a deep inner knowing of all the great good I have received from God, so that being entirely grateful, I may be able to love and serve God in everything. It is what Jesus prays for us: “that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them”. Beg for this grace.
—Paula Sapienza is a spiritual director at Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House in Sedalia, Colorado.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, and my entire will —
all I have and possess.
You gave it all to me; to you, Lord, I return it.
All is yours. Dispose of it wholly according to your will.
Give me only love of you and your grace. That is enough for me.
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