JOHN 17 :11b-19 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (MAY 27, 2020)

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. When I was with them,  I kept them safe in your name; and not one was lost, except the one who was already lost, and in this, the Scripture was fulfilled.

And now I come to you;  in the world I speak these things,  so that those whom you give me, might have joy-all my joy within themselves. I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the  world, I do not ask you to remove them from the world,  but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world,  just as I am not of the world.  Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. I have sent them into the world as you sent me into the world; and for their sake, I go to the sacrifice by which I am consecrated, so that they too may be consecrated in truth.

POINT OF REFLECTION

By birth, we belong only to this world.  It is so because our egg cracked open in sinfulness.  But the Lord who created us without us does not want us go astray in the cross road of life. God knows that with Him, all efforts would not be in vain for it is only He can make it happen. As a consequence,  God sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, into the world  to alienate all men. The whole package of alienation  is  to believe and follow him whom the Father had sent for his chosen people. The task was to gather them all in faith and genuine trust to the Lord without losing one under his care. Jesus had done it perfectly when he was with the human in this world.

The alienation of men by Jesus, has resulted them to be disowned by this world. As Jesus was disowned by them who had came from the Father in heaven.   And as Jesus was with them, they knew everything about the Father by sharing to them the word that the Father had told him to do. And as the Father consecrated Jesus, His disciples and followers were also consecrated for they have shared Jesus life when he was with them.  

In their company, Jesus gave them all the assurance they need even if he would leave them  for a while and went back to the Father. But tell you brothers and sister, Jesus did not went off  light-hearted instead got off himself with a heavy heart for he knew that his absence will  expose them into evil’s  attention and therefore, will be in real danger.

Jesus apprehension made him  our great negotiator to the Father  asking him all, in our favor which included our safety, protection from all evil, to be united with the Father as one and consecrate us,  as the Father consecrated Jesus.  When our final day  comes, the Father will judge us according to what we have done as Jesus had told.  Jesus will be our lawyer in front of the Father doing his best to save us from the fires of hell.

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