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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The similarity between Jesus’s prayer in today’s Gospel and the Suscipe (or the Take, Lord, and Receive) prayer at the end of the Spiritual Exercises is remarkable. Each of these prayers has as its foundation the understanding that all that we have, and all that we are, comes from God.
These words that Jesus speaks in today’s Gospel come just before he is arrested. His prayer is that his followers remain close to the Father. In the style so typical of John’s Gospel, the language Jesus uses is verbose, to say the least, and beautifully poetic. Each sentence in this passage could be its own prayer meditation.
Referring to his disciples, Jesus says, “they accepted [the words you gave to me] and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me.” How can you act today based on your understanding that all that Jesus commanded us to do came from the Father?
—The Jesuit prayer team
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
all I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius