Reflection on John 17:1-11A
Jesus offers a prayer of gratitude to the Father for the disciples, because He knows the Father influenced the disciples to follow Him. Jesus, as One in the Trinity knows that since the disciples are full of love, they also participate with the One. Therefore, if we follow Jesus, the ripple of Jesus’s prayer joins us to the original disciples, divinity, and the Father’s protection, as we remain in the world. Feeling that we are in the presence of the Lord’s Glory, strengthens our own discipleship to continue Jesus’s work for the benefit of others.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
17 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, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6 “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. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 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. 9 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. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this John 17:1-11A Reflection – Continue Jesus’s Work.
The above passage from John 17 in the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) is used with permission.
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