Gospel: Jn 17:1–11a
After saying this, 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 humanity, so that he may give eternal life to all those you 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 whatever you
entrusted to me, is indeed from you. I have given them the teaching I received from you, and they accepted them, and know in truth that I came from you;
and they believe that you 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, and I come to you.
Holy Father, keep those you have given me in your name, so that they may be one, as we also are.
The right response to a ministry well done is gratitude. Jesus shows His
gratitude to the author of all that is good, His Father in heaven. The works of
His disciples netted good results. He is filled with joy. Now He can look
to the future with hope knowing that those whom He trained to take over His
work someday show great promise. All He has to do is to keep accompanying
them so that their potentials and skills will be further honed. And mean time,
He will keep reporting to His Father in heaven. He will share His joys and
sorrows, His satisfaction and disappointments, all of the human feelings He
shares with us. In that way, the Trinity is updated with what it is to be human.
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