“And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

Today, we pick up where we left off yesterday, which happens to start a new chapter (Jn 17:1-11a).  This is the beginning of the so-called “high priestly prayer” of Jesus.  Here Jesus speaks to His Father in the presence of the disciples.  He asks that He be glorified as He glorified the Father through His work.  Jesus disciples believe that He came from the Father; Jesus prays for them since they must remain in the world but Jesus will be leaving soon — this sentiment, seen above, are the closing words of this passage.  We should be comforted to know that our greatest defender, our greatest ally, our greatest friend, has gone to heaven.  There He prepares a place for us if we die in His grace, but He also helps us on our earthly sojourn.  Considering the wonders of the heavenly abode should give us an abiding hope for eternal life.  Knowing that Jesus is here for us in all of our life circumstances is a comfort and strength to help us through even the most difficult events, anticipating with joyful hope the day we meet Jesus face to face.  If we believe in Jesus as the disciples did, recognizing that He is the Word of the Father, and then obeying that Word, we can look forward to hearing the following words when we leave time and enter eternity: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. […] Come, share your master’s joy’” (Mt 25:21).

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