Sunday Gospel Thoughts – Fr. Jack

Sunday Gospel Thoughts – John 17:1-11a


In today’s gospel, Jesus is praying to his Father.  He asks that his fast approaching passion and death will give glory to God and be the source of eternal life for all those who have been given to Jesus.  He prays for the disciples who belong to the Father because they belong to Jesus.  Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the disciples are caught up in the life of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Later in the prayer, Jesus also prays for those will come to believe through the disciples, and that means that Jesus, on the night before he died, was praying for us.  That’s an amazing reality, which we all too often forget or take for granted.

In the coming week as we prepare for the celebration of Pentecost, when we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit on the early Church, let’s pray asking the Lord to deepen within us the knowledge of the divine life that is the gift of God to us.  We are sons and daughters of God, through the action of the Father’s love, Jesus’s death and resurrection, and the power of the Holy Spirit who has been poured into our hearts at baptism.  We are called to glorify God with all that we say and do.  We pray then in thanksgiving and in petition that God will help us to live that out each and every day, in good times and in bad, until we are welcomed into the place in heaven that has been prepared for us.


Fr. Jack Mattimore, SJ