Father Paul Campbell, LC
Lifting up his
eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep
them in your name that you have given me, so
that they may be one just as we are.
When I was with them I protected them in
your name that you gave me, and I guarded them,
and none of them was lost except the son
of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you. I speak
this in the world so that they may share my
joy completely. I gave them your word, and the
world hated them, because they do not belong to
the world any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out
of the world but that you keep them from the
evil one. They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate
them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you
sent me into the world, so I sent them
into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so
that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
Prayer:Lord, I believe in you. I believe that you
are here with me. I thank you for your
loving presence in my life. I place all of
my hope in you. I humbly offer you the love
in my heart and my desire to continue your
mission in the world.
Petition:Lord, strengthen my resolve to
1. He Always Loved Those Who Were His
Own in the World: Jesus completed his mission of protecting
those entrusted to his care. He fulfilled his vocation
as a man; not one of his apostles was lost
except the son of destruction. We have his protection
still. He sits at the right hand of the
Father to intercede for us. We have the help of
his mother, Mary, and all the saints in heaven.
We are surrounded by a great crowd of saints, who
support our efforts to live as God wants us
to live. They are God’s gift to protect us
on our pilgrimage in life.
2. Here For the Spiritual
Battle: As Jesus was leaving the world, he prayed
for his disciples. He did not pray that they
would be taken out of the world, but that they
be kept from the evil one. Sometimes we can
feel beaten up and broken, and we seek to flee
the battle. Jesus needs us in the combat and
entrusts us with the fight. He doesn’t keep us
from the battle, instead offers us the strength of his
help. He is with us, fighting at our side.
He is within us, giving us the interior strength to
do his will.
3. Just Passing Through: Although we
are in the world, we are here as pilgrims. We
are passing through on our way to heaven. We
have a mission: to save the souls that God
has entrusted to our care. It is easy to get
distracted, to begin to look for calm, ease or
a more comfortable resting place for our weary souls and
bodies. The world remains attractive to our fallen nature.
Alluring advertisements can leave their mark on us, and
we can desire the things of earth more than the
treasures of heaven. This is why we must give
priority to prayer in our life and contemplate life
from the perspective of eternity.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus,
protect me from the evil one. He is battling me
on many fronts. Keep me strong in your love.
Don’t let me give in to discouragement or despair.
I have the protection of your love and your intercession.
Increase my hope in you. Help me to continue
your work in the world.
will speak to someone about Christ today, sharing with them
the love he lavishes upon us.