Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter

John 17:1-11a

The Prayer of Jesus

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Jesus prayed to the Father: “I revealed your name to those whom you gave to me out of this world.. .they belonged to you and you gave them to me…Keep them in your name…so that they may be one just as we are,” (vv. 4,6,11).

What would change in my attitudes and behavior if I begin to believe in and hold on to the truth that the person next to me belongs to God just as I belong to Him and because of this, we are one and not separate from each other? Would I not gladly tie the shoelace of my brother, sister, friend and much more still? Convinced beyond doubt that every person I live, work, study, walk along with is part of me, what is there for me to be jealous or envious about? What is there for me to keep only for myself, away from the other? What is there that I would wish for myself and not wish for the other part of me? (Sr. Ancille, SSpS Bible Diary 2006)

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How can we give glory to God in our daily lives? A historian answered: “”You have to die first before you find your glory!” Abraham Lincoln had his enemies during his lifetime but even those who had criticized him saw His greatness when he died. Stanton, who was an arch critic of Lincoln, looked down at his dead body with tears in his eyes: “There lies,” he said, “the greatest ruler of men the world has even seen.”

Was it not also the same with Jesus hanging dead on the cross? The centurion at the foot of the cross was left saying: “Truly this was the Son of God.”

Today’s readings highlight three qualities by which we can give glory to God in our daily lives without physically dying: prayer, a willingness to carry our crosses and faithfulness to God. Though daily prayer we open ourselves to God, we allow God to transform us. We become centered in God and are able to focus on what truly matters in life: loving God and accepting the love He has for us.

Carrying our crosses, enduring hardships in praise of Jesus shows our love and devotion to God the Father. This is affirmed by Peter who says that “whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should be ashamed but glorify God because of the name,” (1Pet 4:16).

Faithfulness to God also serves to give Him glory. This is expressed in loving Him with our whole heart and our neighbor as ourselves. Our wholehearted love of God, shown through acts of charity and compassion toward others, speaks of God’s infinite goodness and loving care for every one of us.

Through prayer, enduring hardships for the sake of the gospel and through loving God and our neighbor, we give Him glory. (Fr. Gene Bacareza, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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Today’s readings complement each other very well in the perspective they give on our relation with Christ and our apostolate as Christians. Jesus comes to the end of His earthly mission and prays for a unity within and with the Church, which is like the unity between Him and His Father. Paul knows that his mission on earth is coming to an end and he now takes leave of the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus. The love and care of both Jesus and Paul for the people they have been serving and their sorrow at leaving them, are evident in the readings. Both are ready and willing to accept the suffering and death that will be their lot. What is important is the completion of the mission entrusted to them to bear witness to God’s saving plan. Paul and Jesus could justly claim a job well done.

Some years ago politicians watered down the proposed Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and Bishop Bacani asked them how they would face their Maker at the end of time.. I don’t think he meant simply that they had been bad boys who were going to be punished but rather they would have cause for shame before the Almighty because they had not been true to their vocation as Christians. I have never really thought of my Christian vocation in terms of punishment but rather of the joy of being called to be kaagapay with Jesus in the Church and my sadness when I fail and do not keep faith in Christ.

This gospel text is taken from what is often called the Priestly Prayer of Christ but I think of it also as the Prayer of Christ the Teacher. It has long been one of my favorite texts and it has helped me in my transition from the life of a teacher to the life of a priest. So many elements in the gospel are the same in the life of a Christian teacher and of a priest – revealing God’s name, prayer, love, helping the people entrusted to us to grow and keeping them faithful and safe from harm.

Whatever our occupation we are all teachers, and we all share in the universal priesthood of Christ. Like Paul, the presbyters at Ephesus and Jesus’ disciples, we are still in the world. Are we faithful to our Christian vocation? Are we fulfilling our mission? How will we face our maker at the end of time? Could we claim a job well done? (Fr. Alan Meechan, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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May 10, 2016 Tuesday

One of the reasons why Jesus allowed John the Baptist to baptize Him despite John’s reluctance was to convey to all of us that he is “Emmanuel” (God is with us), that despite his being divine, he proved that he is not a distant God but that he is a God who is with us and among us.

Thus, the Baptism of Jesus was an event that correlates well in the Gospel today particularly with his “connecting” with the Father. Such an encounter is primarily to tell his Father that the decision to send Him to the world because of so great a love of God for humanity (cf John 3:16) was not in vain. Jesus became word incarnate, He became the Word made esh and made his dwelling among us, He became one among us except sin because that was his vocation: to do the will of his Father.

Although the last part of the Gospel signals the “return” of Jesus to the Father, it is significantly a manifestation of how God in Jesus willingly and humbly sacrificed his life so that we would have life and have it to the full. One challenge of the Gospel today is how we can be active partakers of that love of Jesus and share it to others. (Fr. Jun Javines, SVD USC, Cebu Bible 2016)

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May 22, 2012

St. Rita of Cascia, religious
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Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
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Acts 20:17-27
Ps 68
Jn 17:1-11a

The Prayer of Jesus

1[Jesus] raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, 2just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him. 3Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. 5Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

6“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. 7Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, 8because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. 9I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, 10and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. 11aAnd now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

Reflection:

I Pray For them. The Gospel is called Jesus’ priestly prayer. Jesus prays that his disciples will remain faithful to, and united with, the Father. Since he will be returning to the Father while his disciples will remain in the world, Jesus prays that they be given strength and courage to carry the cross and fulfill the Father’s will. Jesus also prays for the unity of his disciples, that they may be one just as Jesus is one with the Father.

We encounter problems, experience crises, undergo trials, and bear our crosses. The prayer of Jesus does not offer an easy way out of those problems, an escape from troubles, or the avoidance of the cross. His prayer gives us the glorious means to solve our problems, the inner strength to live our life for God, and the courage to face and conquer our trials.

Jesus prays that we do not isolate ourselves from others. We belong to the family of God. We have to work hard to build community.

What do you think are Jesus’ prayers and wishes for you?

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Jesus’ Priestly Prayer

May 19, 2015 (readings)

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Father Walter Schu, LC

John 17:1-11a

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began. 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. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

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, help me to grow in my love for the Father and for souls.

  1. A Legacy of Prayer:The supreme hour of Jesus has come. As he anticipates his agony of self-giving love to the extreme, Christ has no thought for himself. His heart turns to its one and only love, the one for whose glory he has carried out every act of his earthly existence: his Father. But at the same time, that invincible love for his Father embraces all those whom the Father has entrusted to him. Christ leaves his followers a legacy that will remain their greatest source of confidence throughout the ages: his priestly prayer. In this, Christ teaches us how to pray. Christ prays first that his Father may be glorified by glorifying the Son. What is the supreme glory with which the life of the only Son of God will culminate? The answer is in his bloody immolation upon the cross.
  2. The Cross is True Glory:“The word ‘glory’ refers to the splendor, honor and power which belong to God” (The Navarre Bible: St. John,pg. 202). How can Christ’s humiliating death on the cross and his abandonment by his closest followers give honor to God and reveal his splendor and power? How can the cross be Christ’s supreme glory? First, it reveals a love without limits, a love that does not say, “I will go this far and no farther.” Christ’s words, “Father, forgive them,” bear witness to a love that is stronger than sin. The Resurrection, which follows the cross, testifies to a love that is stronger than death itself. Second, the cross is the fulfillment of Christ’s mission. His obedience to the Father, even to death, redeems all of mankind. Have I embraced the cross in my own life as the one way to follow Christ? Embracing the cross is the only sure path to love Christ and glorify the Father.
  3. Jesus Continues to Trust in Me:Throughout this Gospel passage, Christ’s words ring with an unshakeable confidence. Even though he will die, abandoned by his disciples, in agony and humiliating failure, Christ continues to trust. He trusts both in his Father and in those very disciples who will soon desert him. Our Lord’s trust in us as his followers must inspire within us a similar unwavering confidence in our mission to save souls, to bring others to Christ, and to transform society itself. By ourselves we can achieve nothing. But we have the assurance of Christ’s own prayers and the promise of his Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will speak in the hearts of all those who Christ calls to bring closer to him. Let us pray often to our great advocate: “Holy Spirit, inspire in me what I should think, what I should say, and what I should leave unsaid, so that I may achieve the good of all my brothers and sisters, fulfill my mission, and make Christ’s kingdom triumph.”

Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Lord, for loving me to the extreme of dying in unspeakable agony upon the cross. Thank you for your gift of the Holy Spirit so that I can follow your path of self-giving love.

Resolution: I will speak with the Holy Spirit throughout the day and offer to the Father and for souls each cross Christ sends me.

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for May 19, 2015

BE SHRINK-PROOF

“I have never shrunk from announcing to you God’s design in its entirety.” –Acts 20:27

Satan must be enjoying the shrinking in the Church: the shrinking ranks of priests, religious sisters, and brothers, shrinking faith, shrinking attendance at Mass, shrinking collections, shrinking lines for Confession, shrinking numbers of catechumens, shrinking family sizes, and so on. Numerous seminaries, convents, inner-city parishes, and parochial schools have shrunk so much that they’ve been closed. Some days it seems that the only thing pertaining to the Church that’s not shrinking is the number of people lining up to criticize her.

Historically, when the Church has been shrinking, the Lord has raised up shrink-resistant men and women who never shrink from speaking the total truth of God’s plan (Acts 20:27). They insist “solemnly on repentance before God” (Acts 20:21). They never shrink from telling people what is for their good, or from teaching them in every way God’s truth (Acts 20:20).

The Holy Spirit lavishes us with grace to expand. Yet we must put aside our old, fearful nature which shrinks from the fear of man. Jesus taught that no one sews a new “unshrunken” cloth onto an old cloth (Mt 9:16), else it would tear loose. We can’t mix our old “shrinking-violet” ways with the Holy Spirit. Nothing good comes from shrinking away. As Job proclaims: “What I fear overtakes me, and what I shrink from comes upon me” (Jb 3:25).

Repent of fear. Be shrink-resistant in the Spirit (Acts 2:4). Help the Church expand again. “The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit, but rather One That makes us strong” (2 Tm 1:7).

PRAYER: Father, I’m not ashamed of the gospel (Rm 1:16). I’m “proud to profess it in Christ Jesus” (Easter Baptismal Promises).

PROMISE: “Eternal life is this: to know You, the only true God, and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ.” –Jn 17:3

PRAISE: Once Sarah didn’t dare speak out against wrongs she saw. Now in the Spirit she fights boldly for the Truth.

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Reflection for May 19, Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter; John 17:1-11a Reflection: What is the usual method of our prayers? Is it spontaneous prayer or we follow a certain pattern when we pray? Whichever it is, what is important is we put our hearts in our prayers before God. For a prayer that connects to the heart of God is a prayer that originates from our hearts.

We read in our gospel for this Tuesday that Jesus is praying to His God His Father. It is a personal prayer for Himself and at the same time a prayer also for His disciples and the people that He dearly loved.

If Jesus prayed to God, we too ought to pray also to both of them. We pray for our personal petitions before them, for example prayers for strength to face our daily challenges. Prayers to lighten the loads that we carry, prayers for us not to store any form of hatred in our hearts and so forth.

When we pray we also unknowingly allow God to heal us because through our prayers we allow God to dwell in us. Notice that after we pray from our hearts where we don’t say a word yet we develop a connection with God. We feel light, we feel better and refreshed. Why? Because this is the miraculous effect of our prayers before God.

Let us beseech Jesus to heal us of anything that ails us. And let us beseech God to give us the gift of connection with Him and His Father whenever we pray. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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 Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Reflection for May 10, Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter; John 17:1-11a

Reflection: There is a story of a man who worked hard to amass wealth. But on the course of his obsession to be wealthy he also noticed that whatever wealth that he amassed  immediately fly away from his hands.

It became a vicious cycle for him, he works hard then he ends up with nothing. Why? Because he worked with the wrong motivation, he worked for this world alone. Thus he was slowly being eaten by the materialistic and evil culture of this world.

What is your life’s motivation? Is it to live a comfortable life by way of amassing anything that is of this world? If this is your motivation that would be catastrophic, for anything of this world is of this world. Anyone that loves the things of this world is already imprisoned to the curse of this world.

Jesus lived in this world not to become a citizen of this world. He lived in this world only to fulfill the will of God for HIM and that is to give His very own life for our sake. Jesus knew that He would gain nothing if HE favors this world over HIS fidelity to HIS mission of salvation.

What are you living for in this world? Do you live in this world for you to become a citizen of this world alone? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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TUESDAY OF THE 7TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR B) – JUAN 17:1-11. UNSA MAN ANG KINABUHING DAYON? Ang kinabuhing dayon wala lamang magpasabot og kinabuhing walay katapusan. Ang natad sa syensa ug medisina nagsigig pangitag mga paagi sa pagpalungtad sa kinabuhi sa tawo, apan kini dili garantiya sa usa ka maayong kinabuhi para kanato. Para asa man ang kinabuhi nga taas kon kini dili malipayon o makahuloganon? Para sa Balaang Kasulatan, ang kinabuhing dayon dili lamang katas-on sa kinabuhi (quantitative) kondili kalidad sa kinabuhi (qualitative). “Kini ang kinabuhing dayon, nga sila makaila Kanimo, ang bugtong matuod nga Dios, ug ang Imong gipadala, si Hesukristo.”  Nga sa ato pa, ang kinabuhing dayon mao ang usa ka kinabuhi nga nahilambigit pag-ayo sa Buhing Dios, ug tungod niini, puno sa kalinaw, kalipay ug gugma nga walay sama. Posted by Abet Uy

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7th Week of Easter, Tuesday, 19-05-15

Acts 20:17-27 / John 17:1-11

Whenever we talk about parting or farewell, we get into a melancholic mood; there is an inevitable sadness to it.

In both of today’ readings, we hear of a parting or farewell.

In the 1st reading, St. Paul said that he was about to finish his race and had carried out the mission that he was given.

In the gospel, Jesus said that the hour has come and He had finished the work He was given to do and He was going back to the Father.

But if we were to look at what Jesus and St. Paul had accomplished until that point in time, then we have to say that nothing much has actually been achieved.

But yet in both cases, the trust was in God who will bring their work to fulfillment.

So in spite of the unfinished business, Jesus and St. Paul gave us a message of hope.

It was a firm hope in God who will take care of everything.

We may be very busy in life but do we have anything to show for it?

If we are only busy with the things of this world, there will be nothing to show for it.

But when we are busy with the work of God, then the Holy Spirit will help us bring it to fulfillment.

Then the work we do will bear fruit that will last. Posted by Rev Fr Stephen Yim

frstephenyim-weekdays.blogspot.com/2015/05/7th-week-of-easter-tuesday-19-05-15.html

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May 10, 2016

REFLECTION:    The saint we are remembering today is better known as Fr. Damien, the name he received when he made his religious profession in the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He was born in Belgium in 1840 and died in 1889 at Molokai, Hawaii, USA.

In 1864 he was sent to Honolulu, Hawaii, was ordained a priest there and served 8 years as a missionary on the islands of Puna and Kohala. In 1873 he volunteered to go and work at a leper colony on the island of Molokai. There, alone during 10 years with 800 lepers, he served as physician, counselor, teacher, house-builder, sheriff, grave-digger and under­taker in order to transform their prison into a home. He effectively fought the immorality, drunkenness and lawlessness all around him. By 1884 he himself had contracted leprosy and, as a leper, continued to serve his brother lepers for the next 5 years, until his death. He would often say in his homilies, “we lepers,” and his congregation could see from his deformed hands and face that he had truly become one of them. This great man is the patron of lepers and those with incurable diseases, particularly AIDS.

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