”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.”
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.
Today’s Gospel reminds me of a conversation I had with a Jesuit in 1997. I was scared, felt alone, and embarrassed to face my reality. I was with child and didn’t know what to do. I remember clearly the embarrassment I felt that afternoon as I told him I was expecting. I thought for sure I was going to lose my job and be asked to leave his office. You see, this priest was also my employer.
But this was not how it happened. He said to me with a bright smile, “Congratulations, you are carrying a great gift from God!” Not what I expected to hear. Through this Jesuit’s words and actions, he was living the great love Jesus talks about. This priest was not worried about what others would say. He loved me unconditionally and never made me feel any less. This is the true love God calls us to live, “that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”
—Cecilia Hernandez works in the Vocations Office for the Midwest Jesuits.
Heavenly Father, we pray for all who have felt your love and believe in your love. May they have courage to speak and act out of this love on behalf of those who seek your face.
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