Reflection on John 17:1-11A ~
Jesus offers a prayer of gratitude to the Father for the disciples, as Jesus knows He influenced them to follow Him. Jesus, as One in the Trinity, knows that because of love, the disciples also participate with the One. If we follow Jesus, then the ripple of Jesus’s prayer joins us with the original disciples to divinity and the Father’s protection even as we remain in the world. To be in the presence of the Lord’s Glory strengthens our own discipleship to continue Jesus’s work.
John 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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 reflection on John 17:1-11A.