Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Memorial Feast: Saint John I, Pope and Martyr (c.470+526)
Acts of the Apostles 20:17-27, Psalm 68, & John 17:1-11a
At the wedding feast of Cana, Jesus told His mother, “My hour has not yet come.” In today’s Gospel narrative, which comes at the end of the Last Supper, our Lord notes that at last, the hour has come.
He speaks with sadness that the time had come for Him to leave this world. What follows is a most tender prayer from Jesus to the Father in the final hours before His Passion and crucifixion. What I find most beautiful is as he faces His death, His prayer is not for Himself, but for those He loves here on earth, His disciples, and for all of us.
He prays that the glory He receives through His upcoming sufferings may be a reflection of glory to the Father. The work He has been given to do on earth is nearly finished. Why is it finished? Because He has followers who will carry on the ministry which He began. He speaks warmly of His disciples being connected in some intimate way with the Father. Jesus knows that His work will be carried on by those who believe in Him, and He offers a special prayer knowing that “these you have given me are really yours.”
Friends, it is not just the disciples at that last supper who are commissioned to carry on Jesus’ work on earth. It is all of His followers who must continue His work.
We were not at the table during the Last Supper; however, in prayer, we can sit in silence and feel the love and intimate friendship that Jesus offers us. We are invited to live in the love. We are to be a part of the world in the way He had been and to love others as He did and always will.
Question of the Day: How are you carrying on the work of Jesus in today’s world?
Prayer: My Lord Jesus, let me set a Christian example for others in all things. Amen.