20 ‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. 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.". 24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. At the bidding of the Son (Jn 14:16), the Father sends the Spirit to each one of us in such a way that He will remain with us, encouraging us and giving us strength. The spirit of Truth comes from the Father (Jn 15:26). Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition (NRSVACE), New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access, NRSV Catholic Bible, Large Print, Comfort Print, Leathersoft, Black, NRSV Catholic Bible, Gift Edition, Comfort Print, Leathersoft, White, NRSV Catholic Bible, Journal Edition, Comfort Print, Cloth over Board, Gray, NRSV Catholic Thinline Bible, Comfort Print--soft leather-look, black, NRSV Catholic Bible, Gift Edition, Comfort Print, Leathersoft, Brown, New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition Holy Bible: NRSV. It is His testament. 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. (Unity and Trinity in the Gospel of John) The Gospel of John helps us to understand the mystery of the Trinity, the communion among the three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Spirit. The love which unites the Divine Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - allows us to experience God through union with the people in a community of love. • Ecumenism: Am I interested in ecumenism? Unity does not mean uniformity, but rather to remain in love, in spite of tensions and conflicts. We therefore practice it every day, so that we may develop a deep and genuine love for it, and so that we may grow in the surpassing knowledge of Christ. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,[a] so that the world may believe that you have sent me. • Bishop Don Pedro Casaldáliga said, “The Trinity is truly the best community.” In the community of which you are a part, can you see any human sign of the Divine Trinity? This prayer, prayed by Jesus just prior to his death, is often called his High Priestly Prayer, because he intercedes with God in behalf of the disciples, present and future. into the hearts of all those Let Your Holy Spirit pour out this love All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister. 26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”. who believe in Jesus, our Savior and shepherd. Lord, You will teach me the path of life, And even more tragic is the division among us Christians who say that we believe in Jesus. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Used by permission. 25 ‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’. John 17:20-26 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition (NRSVACE) 20 ‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. And this unity between the Father and the Son makes Jesus exclaim, “The Father and I are one” (Jn 10:30). As a farewell address, one might question its place in the wedding Lectionary. • That they may be one as We are one. John 17-20. Thus, the Spirit of Truth, who journeys with us, is the communication of the profound unity which exists between the Father and the Son (Jn 15:26-27). Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 17:20-23 Our Lord especially prayed, that all believers might be as one body under one head, animated by one soul, by their union with Christ and the Father in him, through the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. A love which unifies to the point of creating, among all, a profound unity like the unity which exists between Jesus and the Father. He says, “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am so that they may always see My glory, which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” Jesus is happy when we are all together with Him. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. This was also the experience of the community, where love should be the sign of God’s presence in the midst of the community (Jn 13:34-35). Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. It means to contradict the last Will of Jesus. For this, through love among people, the communities reveal to the world the most profound message of Jesus. Father of our Lord Jesus Christ 20 “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. with a deep and trusting, lasting love. In this way we shall put into practice the Apostle Paul’s commandment, which is mentioned in our Rule: “Let the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, live abundantly in your mouth and in your hearts; and whatever you must do, do it in the name of the Lord.”. Ecumenism is at the center of the last prayer of Jesus to the Father. As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. JESUS’ HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER. How do I approach it with others? Between the Son and the Father there is such an intense unity that one who sees the face of one also sees the face of the other. 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 … All rights reserved. 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. • John 17:24-26: “So that the love with which You loved Me may be in them.” Jesus does not want to remain alone. unbounded joy in Your presence, The more they dispute about lesser things, the more they throw doubts upon Christianity. Let this love unite us in one common bond He wants us to know the Father and that He knows us. If we are divided we do not deserve credibility. This love builds unity in the community (Jn 17:21). The unity in love revealed in the Trinity is the model for the communities. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. And fulfilling this mission of unity received from the Father, Jesus reveals the Spirit. People said of the first Christians, “See how they love one another!” The present day division among the three religions which came from Abraham is really tragic: the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims. Should there be limits? Father, they are your gift to me. EXEGESIS: JOHN 17. Order of the brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel, "Lectio divina is an authentic source of Christian spirituality recommended by our Rule.

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