The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Jn 17: 20-26
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Primitivo N. Eublera, Jr.)
“That all may be one.” This is the central message in today’s Gospel. Maybe I can ask you this question, “Who amongst you would like to have enemies?” I believe the answer is always in the negative. Each one of us always likes to have friends. Social networking such as Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, etc., is a clear proof to this. As a social being, we always desire to have friends.
This is what our Lord Jesus Christ wants from each one of us: that we all may be one. As Jesus Christ is intimately united with His Father, He so desires that we, too, be united with the Father as Jesus and the Father are one. After all, our faith in God through Jesus Christ is relational. Can you imagine how the Father relates to the Son and the Holy Spirit? The Trinity is another proof of the Father’s relation to the Son and the Holy Spirit.
But what about our dear brothers and sisters who are in another sect? Well, the purpose why Jesus wants all of us be all in one is that he wants all of us to be saved. That is His sole purpose of becoming man like us- “taking the form of a slave” – in order to redeem us. That is why we need to proclaim Jesus is Lord in and out of season, inside and outside the Church. Perhaps I can further ask myself, “How do I proclaim Jesus? When I am at work, am I not a coward when the name Jesus is mentioned, because my relation to him is still not that strong? When in school, do I defend or proclaim Jesus as my Saviour to my classmates and others? Or in my own family, do we live accordingly in the peace of Christ Jesus as the King of Peace?”
As we enter this Sunday’s outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost Sunday), let these questions disturb us, so we can once again renew our commitment as Christians to proclaim Jesus Christ the Risen Lord!