John 17:11-19 Reflection ~
When my mother was unexpectedly dying, we had a lifetime of conversations in one day. Among the many topics I noticed how grateful she was to the people in her life, how happy she was and how she looked forward to heaven. Christ protected her, filled her life with friends, love, grace and joy. Jesus’s prayer to the Father was fulfilled for her. I have witnessed many others who while “in” the world lived the word. Jesus’s presence obviously protected and sanctified them.
John 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
11 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. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 17:11b-19.