Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father,
the hour has come. Give glory to your son,
so that your son may glorify you, just as
you gave him authority over all people, so that he
may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you,
the only true God, and the one whom you
sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by
accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now
glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that
I had with you before the world began. I revealed
your name to those whom you gave me out
of the world. They belonged to you, and you
gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is
from you, because the words you gave to me I
have given to them, and they accepted them and
truly understood that I came from you, and they have
believed that you sent me. I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for
the ones you have given me, because they are yours,
and everything of mine is yours and everything of
yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the
world, but they are in the world, while I am
coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your
name that you have given me, so that they
may be one just as we are."
Jesus Christ, true God and true man, my
Creator and my Redeemer. I love you above all
other things – even more than I love myself.
Thank you for letting me live in communion with your
divine life. I wish never to be separated from
Petition: Lord, help me
to work for unity within your Church.
1. “I Pray for Them” - Christ desires unity for his people. He wants to
share the love that has always existed between himself
and his Father. To realize this goal he has come
into a world broken by selfish divisions. Contrary to
his Father’s will, sinful men and women in this
world no longer see themselves as brothers and sisters but
as enemies and rivals. Christ reveals himself in their
midst as the only way to the Father and
the one sent to unify all peoples into the one
mystery of salvation, the Church. Do I look to
Christ as the source of unity between myself and
2. “May They Be One Just As
We Are” - The “master plan” is for
all people to be united in Christ, regardless of
race, gender, age, nationality, social background, politics or abilities.
His focus is on “inclusion” not “diversity.” Diversity can
break down unity if it emphasizes multiple points of difference.
Even where a bond of oneness exists, a focus
on diversity will often emphasize the lack of unity.
Focusing on unity, on the other hand, builds up the
Church by helping each person to discover his place
within the Mystical Body of Christ. We are one
body in Christ (Cf. Romans 12:5).
3. “Keep Them in Your Name” -
No one can fully participate in this union
with Christ and the Father unless he accepts the
invitation to be part of the one body of the
Church. For us to be included, we must enter
through Christ who is the Way, the Truth and
the Life. There is no other name under heaven by
which we are saved. It would be a great
mistake for us to want and to seek membership in
his Church while adopting conflicting attitudes that keep us
separated from the Father, Christ and our brothers and
sisters. Do I know how to appreciate the varying
gifts and talents of others? Do I offer my own
gifts and talents at the service of the Church?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know there are many divisions in my
life. I have created many of these. Help me
overcome them. Help me eliminate those caused by my selfishness
and pride. Help me make you the cornerstone of
Resolution: This week, through my prayer and action, I
will try to help mend broken bonds between people.