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John 17:1-11

The Word of God

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, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

‘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. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 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. 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. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 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.

John 17:1-11
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    • Jesus speaks from the depths of his heart. He tells us of the Father’s love for him and his love for his Father, who is the heart and core of his very being. The Father’s love continues to be with him right to the end, even to the Cross, to the point of giving his all, his life.
    • “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”. All our life we struggle to know him, through words and parables, and through the world which he has entrusted to us. At no stage can we say that we understand God. Saint Augustine wrote: “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that you may understand”. My human mission is to seek God through every means, and to remain a God-seeker until the day when he reveals himself to me face to face.
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    • The mission of Jesus is about to be accomplished. Saint John sees the passion and death of Jesus as the moment in which He is most glorious; because His mission is to reveal in human form, the infinite love and mercy of God, in all circumstances, for the whole of humanity.
    • This love and mercy is most evident when Jesus responds with love and mercy to his being betrayed, rejected, mocked, scourged, and crucified. The message is that nothing can separate us from his love and mercy. He makes clear the inner nature of God. The evil of the whole human race is transformed in the heart of Jesus crucified.
    • Gaze at the Cross of Jesus, and ponder what He endures to convey the infinite mercy and love of God. “By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
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    • As long as we have a breath left in our body, we have work to do on earth to glorify God. We can never begin this work too early, or too late. What work does the Lord call on me to do today?
    • Audacious though it may seem, the words in this passage prompt me to pray that the Lord of the universe may be glorified in me.
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    • This is eternal life, to know thee the one true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. Islam too knows Allah as the one true God, and recognises Jesus as sent by God. All our life we struggle to know him, through words and parables, and through the world which he has entrusted to us. At no stage can we say that we understand God. St Augustine wrote: He is not what you imagine or think you understand. If you understand him, you have failed. My human mission is to seek him through every means, and to remain a God-seeker until the day when he reveals himself to me face to face.
    • Lord, I relax my body, quieten my mind and focus on my breathing. Then I seek you there, in the silence.
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    • To know God is not just head knowledge. It means intimacy with God, the kind of intimacy that couples enjoy with one another. To be enveloped by this intimacy is to experience something of what eternal life will be like.
    • God, protect me and those I love. Keep me in the hollow of your hand, and draw me ever more deeply into your friendship.
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    • I have to work at this, Lord. The description of eternal life is stark. To know the only true God is beyond my imagination. Do we, in our glorified bodies, leave behind our senses of smell, taste, touch, hearing, vision, that delight us now and seem to be harbingers of better things to come? Somehow the knowledge of the one true God must bring all these joys to a new level.
    • Eternal life is not just for the future; it is a gift partly given now in our faith. To be in touch with Jesus is to be in touch with a rich and full eternal life. Something is given which will last forever - the mysterious life of God. We touch into that life in prayer. It is like living water, new sight. We are enlightened by the Light of the World.
    • Jesus wanted the Father to show some sign to his disciples before his death that God was with him, and that he was following the way of God even to the cross. Later on they would hear a voice from heaven, glorifying the name of Jesus, giving security and hope to the disciples at the hour of Jesus' death.
    • Jesus wants me to have eternal life and describes what that life is: to know God and to know Jesus. As I grow in knowledge of God I begin to taste in the eternal life Jesus promises. I thank God for the light I have, for the quiet revelations and for the personal inspirations that have been given to me.
    • The letters AMDG are an invitation to live Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, to the greater glory of God. I think of how my words, actions and talents reflect God's glory and imagine myself signing them, AMDG.
    • Eternal life is not just for heaven. I share in it now. Jesus wants to draw me into his life, to know God.
    • Jesus saw that he had been given authority over all people; we see how he chose to exercise this authority. I think of how I use such authority as I may have been given and ask for Jesus’ help.

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