6 June 2019. Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Reflection (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)
In this most trying times, there is a need for the world to come together and unite all their actions to save mother earth from the risk and pending dangers of climate change. We have seen the effects and experts have expressed their alarming concern if world leaders will not do something about the effects of this reality in our midst. This is just one of the many issues and concerns facing the world that we need to face united so we can do something about it. It is no longer only about trying to protect our own shores, territory and interests, but it is already safeguarding the interest of a whole planet where we live; a place and a home for there is no other. The greater challenge is given to each one of us. That is challenge of putting our actions together and unite for a single cause – one in our action to save our only home.
In the Gospel, Jesus is praying for us. “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me…that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me” (Jn 17:20-25). There is a divine call given to each one of us – the call to be one, just like the Son is one with the Father and the Father is one with the Son. Their union is rooted in the communion nourished by the love of the Father to the Son and the obedience of the Son to the Father. It is a communion being shared and offered to all of us to be united in love and obedience with the Father through the Son.
We are all called to love the way Jesus loved us. We are also called to be one the way Jesus is one with the Father. This is also the source of our communion with creation. We are not only called to be in unity with one another but more than ever to live with great respect and care for creation. To live an integral life is a life of fostering unity with our brothers and sisters amidst differences, uniqueness and individuality. This also considers a life of nurturing and sustaining creation as God’s gift to humanity. To be one with God is to embrace a life of struggle in living our everyday routine with genuine care and concerns for others and our environment. It entails a lot of self-sacrifice and self-donation founded in God who showed us how to love unconditionally and selflessly.
The Gospel Today
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“I pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.”