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John 17:20-26

The Word of God

I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 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. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 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. 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.

‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 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.’ 

John 17:20-26
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    • As I sit with these words can I sense something of the depth of Jesus’ love for his Father? And the depth of his love for us, his longing that we be one, that we know him and are willing to have him show his love for us in the way we live and the way we treat one another.
    • “O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother, May I know Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly, Follow Thee more nearly” (Saint Richard of Chichester).
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    • Jesus prayed for the apostles and for all who would believe. That is us! Can you imagine Jesus praying somewhere, maybe on the hillside where he went to pray, or among his followers. He is praying for you. What might you think he would be asking his Father for you? Can you make this prayer for yourself? He prays because he loves each of us. How do I pray for people I love? He prays for everyone I know. I can join my prayer with his today.
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    • Jesus’ prayer that “all may be one” can be misinterpreted. This “oneness” is something much greater and deeper than uniformity, than people professing the same faith and observing the same religious practices. This is a oneness in which love is given and received, a love which embraces difference. Jesus and the Father, while being one, remain distinct from each other. The disciples, while being one with Jesus, retain their own identity and individuality.
    • Lord, help me to understand that in love there is difference, but not division.
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    • Lord, I treasure all the chances of fellowship with others who do not believe in you. When I work or talk with them, or love them, or serve or pray with them, your grace is at work in us. These occasions may not be labelled 'ecumenical events', but they carry your blessing.
    • Jesus' second prayer at the last supper is for future generations of believers, including ourselves. His prayer is that all of us will be united with God our Father and with him. He is to share with all of us what is deepest in his heart - the glory he had from the beginning of time. Love wants to share all that is best with the beloved.
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    • This is the prayer of Jesus for his followers through the ages. Jesus prays for each of us. Can we imagine him at prayer, as he names his apostles, his friends and all he wants to pray for? Prayer is our naming of God; it is also Jesus’ naming of us to his Father. Let him name you. Even take time to think what he might pray for you. In opening ourselves to prayer, we are opening ourselves to Jesus praying for us. Sit and silently allow his prayer for you take over your heart.
    • I am one of those who, through the words handed down by the disciples, now believe in Jesus. Here Jesus speaks of me, he prays for me, that I may be one with him and with his Father.
    • Jesus wants me to be drawn into the life he shares with his Father. I ask Jesus to help me to let go of anything that holds me back from accepting this generous invitation.
    • Jesus draws me into life so that I may give witness. I accept now the nourishment that I need for my spirit, prayerfully considering the ways in which I am called to witness.
    • What Jesus asks for us is what he sought for himself: unity with God. As I am invited into this relationship, I consider what it might cost me and I ask for the freedom I need.
    • Jesus wants his disciples to live in such a way that the work of God is evident in them. I think of how I live and I name the help I need.

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