Reflection on John 17:20-26 ~
Jesus’s prayer to the Father includes us as believers in an infinite rippling effect. Spoken directly without parables, His desire is the perfection of all into an inclusive union with God. To be part of divinity is not sometime in the future but in the immediate reality of joining Jesus in the here and now. Jesus has given us what we need to do so in the form of a door opening to the spiritual sense of Glory. Our invitation is to walk through this door with Him so we may be directly introduced to the Father.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 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. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 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. 24 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.
25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 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.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 17:20-26.
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