Father Paul Campbell, LC
Lifting up his
eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: "I pray not
only for these, but also for those who will
believe in me through their word, so that they may
all be one, as you, Father, are in me
and I in you, that they also may be in
us, that the world may believe that you sent
me. And I have given them the glory you gave
me, so that they may be one, as we
are one, I in them and you in me, that
they may be brought to perfection as one, that
the world may know that you sent me, and that
you loved them even as you loved me. Father,
they are your gift to me. I wish that where
I am they also may be with me, that
they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent
me. I made known to them your name and
I will make it known, that the love with which
you loved me may be in them and I
Introductory Prayer:Lord, I believe in you and
all that you have revealed for our salvation. I
hope in you because of your overflowing mercy. Every
single act of yours on this earth demonstrated your love
for us. Your ascent into heaven before the eyes
of the Apostles inspires my hope of one day
joining you there. I love you and wish you to
be the center of my life.
Petition:Lord, increase my
faith in your love.
1. Who is God? In his
first epistle, John tells us that God is love.
Before the foundation of the world, the Father loved the
Son. Within the Trinity there is a perfect sharing
of life and love. Even after the Incarnation, Jesus
remained in his Father’s love. At Christ’s baptism, the
Father spoke of his love for his Son. “This is
my beloved son” (Matthew 3:17). At the Transfiguration he
repeated this sign of love: “This is my beloved son
in whom I am well pleased; listen to him”
(Matthew 17:5). These moments manifest God’s inner life.
A Share in His Life: God created us to
share in the loving relationship of the Trinity. The Father’s
plan is to love us, to bring us into
Trinitarian love. He wants to love us in his Son
with a Father’s eternal love. If we could catch
a mere glimpse of the reality of this love,
it would transform our lives. God so loved the world
that he sent his only begotten son into the
world (see John 3:16). Love is at the heart of
3. Sharing in God’s Love: God is love,
and if he is in us, it is as love.
God pours his love, himself, into our hearts. As
he shares his life, he shares his love. This is
the love that he wants us to give to
others. Jesus gave his disciples the love he had
received from his Father, and sent them forth to continue
his work of sharing that love with all of
humanity. Think of the people today who are lonely
and lost, starving for love and attention. They have no
clue that God loves them with an eternal love
or that he has loved them intimately, deeply and
perfectly from all eternity. They do not know that this
love has given them life and maintains them in
existence. People need to hear the good news of
God’s love. This is our mission.
Conversation with Christ:
Jesus, help me to share your love with those
around me. Don’t allow me to remain focused just on
myself and the circumstances in my life. I need
you. I need your love, as do so many others.
I need to love in order to give myself
to your work, but I also need your constant
help and support.
Resolution:I will let someone know
that God loves them.