“HOLY FATHER, I PRAY NOT ONLY FOR THEM, BUT ALSO FOR THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE IN ME THROUGH THEIR WORD, SO THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE.” JN 17:20-26
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“Holy Father, I pray not only for them,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.”
Jesus Christ’s prayer to the Father today is about unity (It’s so cool when God is praying to Himself). He is still praying with the Apostles at the Last Supper. As Jesus is one with the Father in the Holy Trinity, so He is praying for the Apostles and us to be one with Jesus and the Father. Every baptized soul is united to God and we make up the mystical body of Christ; Christ is the head and we are the body guided by the Holy Spirit (if you ask). Jesus Christ came to marry the human and divine, to unify us with the Trinity. When we bring our souls to God’s grace, pray, love the unlovable, fast, ask for mercy, forgive and ask for forgiveness, live unselfishly we help the body, when we sin and don’t come to God’s mercy and grace we hurt the body.
We have 70-80 years to move on earth as the Mystical body and to strive to be holy which will leave the next generation something special physically and spiritually or a loss of faith, a country in turmoil, and nature that is better or worse off than we left it. Jesus wants nothing but for every generation to know Him so we may one day be back with the Father. He wants it so much He came to us to die. His love is the most powerful thing in the world, it transforms people, and in return transforms the world. Every generation needs saints, are you ready to answer the call?
God has given us everything we need through His Son. Jesus has fulfilled His mission through His death and resurrection, we have began ours with baptism, may we finish it with sainthood by doing the will of God each day joyfully.
Today’s challenge: Work for unity with God, your family, your friends, your classmates and coworkers, and your community. How? Be a servant as Jesus was for us in obedience to the Father!
Be a servant, become a saint!