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May 18, 2021

Jn 17: 1-11

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.

In the world, not of the world

In today’s Gospel we see Jesus contrasting his mission and identity with that of “the world”. It’s important to remember that Jesus is not calling us to separate ourselves from concerns of society. Rather, we are called to pursue the “faith that does justice.” This is a mission given by Christ who prayed that his people be “in the world, but not of the world.” 

So what is this “world” Jesus refers to? 

It’s all that is contrary to the Reign of God: abject poverty, senseless violence, political corruption, endless war, and so on. In short, it’s all that is opposed to God’s salvation in Christ, who desired to give us the fullness of life. 

With Christ, we have an always deepening knowledge of God’s great love for each one of us. 

How is your life different when you become aware of God’s never ending love for you and for all people?

—Ian Peoples, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province working as a prison chaplain and campus minister in Belize City.

 

Prayer

Good and gracious God, I believe that you are here with me, in the midst of everything in this world. I thank you for your loving presence in my life, and the witness of your love in those I encounter. Take my heart, that I may continue to serve you and live out your mission in the world. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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May 18, 2021

Jn 17: 1-11

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.

In the world, not of the world

In today’s Gospel we see Jesus contrasting his mission and identity with that of “the world”. It’s important to remember that Jesus is not calling us to separate ourselves from concerns of society. Rather, we are called to pursue the “faith that does justice.” This is a mission given by Christ who prayed that his people be “in the world, but not of the world.” 

So what is this “world” Jesus refers to? 

It’s all that is contrary to the Reign of God: abject poverty, senseless violence, political corruption, endless war, and so on. In short, it’s all that is opposed to God’s salvation in Christ, who desired to give us the fullness of life. 

With Christ, we have an always deepening knowledge of God’s great love for each one of us. 

How is your life different when you become aware of God’s never ending love for you and for all people?

—Ian Peoples, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province working as a prison chaplain and campus minister in Belize City.

 

Prayer

Good and gracious God, I believe that you are here with me, in the midst of everything in this world. I thank you for your loving presence in my life, and the witness of your love in those I encounter. Take my heart, that I may continue to serve you and live out your mission in the world. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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