May 19, 2015
Tuesday, 7th Week of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 20:17–27
Gospel: Jn 17:1–11
Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you. You have given him power over all mortals, and you want him to bring eternal life to all you have entrusted to him. For this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the One you sent, Jesus Christ.
“I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, give me in your presence the same Glory I had with you before the world began.
“I have made your name known to those you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they kept your word. And now they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you. I have given them the teaching I received from you, and they received it and know in truth that I came from you; and they believe that you have sent me.
“I pray for them; I do not pray for the world but for those who belong to you and whom you have given to me—indeed all I have is yours and all you have is mine—and now they are my glory. I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world whereas I am going to you. Holy Father, keep them in your Name (that you have given me,) so that they may be one, just as we are.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Jesus’ prayer which we read in today’s Gospel has some parallels in the “Our Father”. “Father, the hour has come” parallels with “Our Father who art in heaven.” “Give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you” parallels with “hallowed be thy name”. “I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do” parallels with “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
Jesus doesn’t ask for bread, though, as we do in the “Our Father”, but for glory so that he could glorify his Father in return. This is an echo of what we read in the prologue of the Gospel according to John. John writes: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us, and we saw his glory, the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). In asking for glory Jesus is not behaving like an ordinary mortal looking forward to his reward after a job well done. Glory already belongs to him as the only Son of God. The Father and the Son are one. The glory of one is the glory of the other. In glorifying the Father Jesus cannot but acknowledge in truth that he too is glorified in the process.
If Jesus used this pattern in praying to the Father, the same formula must be the key to a prayer that leads to deeper relationship with God. Perhaps we can take a closer look at our pattern of praying so that we may grow in our relationship with God. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: We give you thanks, O Heavenly Father, for sending us your only Son who taught us the proper way to pray. We lift this prayer through the same Christ our Lord, Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. LEONARD MURIALDO, a friend and collaborator of St. John Bosco was born in Turin, Italy on October 26, 1828. He came from a well-to-do family, but he dedicated himself to the service of the abandoned youngsters. He founded the Josephites of Murialdo. He died in 1900.