John 17:20-26 NRSVue
20“I ask not only on behalf of these but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. 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. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I 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. 24Father, 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.
25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26I 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.”
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Some thoughts on this scripture
This is the prayer of Jesus for his followers through the ages. Jesus prays for each of us. Can we imagine him at prayer, as he names his apostles, his friends and all he wants to pray for? Prayer is our naming of God; it is also Jesus’ naming of us to his Father. Let him name you. Even take time to think what he might pray for you. In opening ourselves to prayer, we are opening ourselves to Jesus praying for us. Sit and silently allow his prayer for you take over your heart.
I am one of those who, through the words handed down by the disciples, now believe in Jesus. Here Jesus speaks of me, he prays for me, that I may be one with him and with his Father.
Jesus wants me to be drawn into the life he shares with his Father. I ask Jesus to help me to let go of anything that holds me back from accepting this generous invitation.
Jesus draws me into life so that I may give witness. I accept now the nourishment that I need for my spirit, prayerfully considering the ways in which I am called to witness.
What Jesus asks for us is what he sought for himself: unity with God. As I am invited into this relationship, I consider what it might cost me and I ask for the freedom I need.
Jesus wants his disciples to live in such a way that the work of God is evident in them. I think of how I live and I name the help I need.