- Acts 16:16-34
- Psalm 97
- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
- John 17:20-26
Today’s Gospel seems to be a tee-up to the Sundays to come, as Pentecost and Trinity Sunday will soon be upon us. This past Thursday was The Ascension of Our Lord, in which Jesus rose up into the clouds and out of sight to sit at the “right hand of the Father” as we recite in our creeds. In both Acts and Revelation we hear of the power of belief in Jesus and what our future holds in God’s reign.
Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer” today begins as a petition (John 17:1-5) and then offers an intercession (6-9) as Jesus prays for his disciples to be protected and unified, expanding toward all that all of us may be one, as we praise the unity of God the Father and God the Son. This whole pray demonstrates the love between God (Father) and Jesus (Son) that has existed before the foundation of the world. As our knowledge is expanded to understand God’s love toward us, we too will fully be prepared to reunite with Christ. We are blessed ones as stated in Revelation.
As H. King Oehmig states:
With Jesus’ return to the “right hand” of the Father, he would no longer be walking the dusty roads of Galilee or Judea, proclaiming the arrival of the Kingdom, bringing listeners to faith through parables, or healing the sick. That time has passed. The “baton” of “being fishers of people” had been handed to the disciples.
As a Christian community, we are called to be the community of hope (in oneness as the Body of Christ) to the foretaste of the fellowship that is to come at the end time.
- Jesus speaks of the oneness that his believers share with him and with God the Father. How have you personally experienced this oneness?
- Jesus prays for unity of his followers. What are the obstacles we face in achieving this in the Church today?
- What are we, as the Body of Christ, called to do in response to Jesus’ prayer?