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Jesus prays to his father

Jesus prays to his father
Bible Accent: John’s Gospel
Saint for Today: St. Germanus

Jesus prays to his father

Jesus looked up into the night sky and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you. … 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.”
 
Jesus paused to think of his friends and of the people who believe in God. Then he continued praying. “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.” Barely whispering, but knowing that his father could hear him, Jesus repeated, “So that they may be one just as we are.”
 
Jesus remembered how thousands of people at a time would come to hear him or come to be healed. So many, yet they would someday be one together, like a family, with God as their father. Yet Jesus also knew that soon he would be leaving them to return to be with his father.
 
“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.” Almost pleading for the safety of the people he loved, Jesus said to his father, “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.” Jesus was tired and his knees were sore, but he continued to pray. He knew he was not going to be on the earth much longer, and there were so many things he wanted to present to his father in prayer. “Consecrate them in the truth,” Jesus continued. “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.”
 
As Jesus prayed, he told his father of the love he had for his people. “Father, they are your gift to me,” he said. “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.”
 
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Q&A
1. Why did Jesus want his father to give him glory?
2. When did God first love Jesus?

Bible Accent: John’s Gospel

The Gospel of John is not strictly an account of the life of Jesus. The other three Gospels open with either the story of the birth of Jesus or the ministry of John the Baptist. John’s Gospel opens with a brief prologue, or introduction, that speaks of someone or something called “the Word.”
 
This Word was in the beginning with God, and in fact was God. Then, John tells us, this Word became flesh and “we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son.” John is talking about Jesus.
 
John is the only Gospel that recounts the story of the first miracle performed by Jesus, when he changed water into wine at a wedding in Cana. And one of the most beautiful verses in the New Testament is John 3:16 when Jesus explains why his Father sent him into the world.

Saint for Today: St. Germanus

St. Germanus (496-576) was born in France. He received formal religious training for much of his life. He became a priest and then the abbot of one of the suburbs of his hometown of Autun.
 
King Childebert promoted Germanus to the see of Paris. In spite of his important job, Germanus continued to live simply and was always caring for the poor and unfortunate people of his community. The king was so impressed by the compassion and generosity of Germanus, that he, too, began to help the poor, and he also helped pay for new religious buildings. Germanus founded a church in Paris with a monastery that became the burial place of the royal family. The church was named for Germanus after his death. We honor him on May 28.

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