That they may be one as we are one, that the world may believe that you sent me and love them as you love me.
We have heard these verses of chapter 17 of St. John’s Gospel many times, especially since the Second Vatican Council. They are the clearest and most profound faith statement about the relationship of Jesus Christ to God the Father. Jesus prays so that we may understand God’s eternal love for Jesus Christ and for us. He came to save the human race and to give glory to the Father by transforming us through grace, faith, and love.
We are God’s gift to Jesus. We are loved by the Father as the Son of God is loved from before the foundation of the world. Jesus is sent by the Father so that we might believe in the love God has for us.
Jesus gave his apostles the glory of God. The ancient Fathers of the Church identified this “glory” with the Holy Spirit. It is the grace that the Holy Spirit gives us so that we can know God’s love and our call to be one as God is one. “That they may know you love them as you loved me,” Jesus says at the end of this passage. Knowing God’s love for Jesus, we know God’s love for us. That love is concretized and actualized each time we celebrate the Eucharist.
Am I convinced that God really loves me?
Lord, help us to know your love so that we may be one as you and the Father are one. May we share the mission of Jesus in spreading good news and good deeds.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)