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 in them."
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
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.
2. 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 the
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.
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.