Faith Daily | 2 June 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 519
you withdraw from our sight
that you may be known by our love:
help us to enter the cloud where you are hidden,
and to surrender all our certainty
to the darkness of faith
in Jesus Christ.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 17: 20-26
20”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Meredith Scott-McMahon
‘Father’, ‘Abba’: just two words out of so many describing the nature of God, that intimate, caring, protecting, guiding Love that a good father has for a son, or, as Sr. Joan Chittister in her wonderful book, In Search of Belief, points out, a good mother has for her children.
The ‘glory of God’ that St John keeps referring to, that shining presence of Love, Compassion, Humility, Strength, and so much more that denotes the reality of God, bore witness to the presence of God exhibited by Jesus throughout his ministry. But Jesus was about to leave his ministry on earth.
But not before he prayed this prayer with its stunning message of unity to us all: that God the Creator, ‘Father’, ‘Mother’, who had been with Him and in Him throughout his ministry, would be made one also with all those who came after and believed in Him. They would know Him and inherit and share in His glory.
We can know Jesus and begin to know God. We can know Him not only by reading His word, and meditating on His teaching, but by practising and breathing in His presence, so that the love that God has for Jesus, might not only be in us, glimpsed in all its glory in those special moments, but be the essence of who we are on earth, and make us one with our Creator.
But the great message of this passage is unity. In her wonderful sermon on Sunday, Jane Markotsis applied this scripture to Reconciliation Week, saying that through deep listening, understanding and Christian love, we can achieve unity. What a clear message today for our warring world!
FINAL PRAYER A Prayer for World Peace (a prayer poem for peace on earth and world unity)
Dear Father of all,
Help us to see the world through your eyes, without dividing lines,
To see just land and water, mountains, trees and skies.
Help us to lay aside our class and skin, our background and race,
To know our shared humanity, to see a brother or sister in every face.
Help us to wear forgiveness, to lay down our pride and pain,
To seek first to understand, Lord may peace and reconciliation reign.
Help us to feel your compassion so we can freely forgive.
May we weave new threads of grace and cause seeds of hope to live.
Help us to play our own small part, with acts of kindness and of care.
May we arise as your children and seek out what is just and fair.
Cause us to make new bonds of trust with neighbours near and far,
And so to fashion a world where peace comes to Earth in this hour.
(a prayer for peace by Julie Palmer copyright © 2019 www.lords-prayer-words.com)