November 20, 2022
Gospel – 5/28/20 – John 17:20-26
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“I pray not only for these,
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.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.”
So, we’ve been hearing this wonderful prayer of Jesus to the Father lately. He talks about everything that God did for Him, Jesus, and what Jesus did for those given Him by the Father.
Were you wondering at any point if any of this pertained to us? Did you wonder if Jesus was just speaking of the Apostles?
Today, all that doubt is removed. He specifically says “. . . I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, so that they may all be one . . .”
Jesus and the Father are separate but one. They are the same essence but two persons. They are Divine.
Jesus, today says to the Father that as He sends His Disciples out to change the world that He is praying for all the Disciples bring to belief in Jesus through their words.
Does that stop with the person that comes to believe through the preaching of the Disciples? No, each person that the new believer brings to the Faith and then those the newer believers bring to the faith – all the way down to who we bring to the faith and so on and so on.
Jesus, in this prayer, is praying for you and me.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…