The Father’s Word is Truth
OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Claretian Communications Foundation
2016 May 11, 2016
REFLECTION: In today’s gospel reading Jesus says about his followers something very important but which is not easy to understand correctly. On the one hand, he says to his Father, “I do not ask you to remove them from the world,” meaning that as a rule his followers will be ordinary people raising kids and making a living—not hermits or monks or solitaires living apart from the world. But, on the other hand, twice he insists in saying, “They are not of the world.” So here he clearly draws a line between his followers and the rest of the people living in the world. His followers are not of the world, meaning that their values are completely different from the values of the world. In other words, they value forgiveness (not vengeance), respect for life (not abortion), conjugal fidelity (not divorce), premarital chastity (not sexual promiscuity), self-denial (not self-promotion), truthfulness (not lies), etc. For example, Christians profess what Jesus in today’s gospel reading is reported to have taught (and which is not found in the gospels): “Happiness lies more in giving than in receiving.”
Our values are very different from those of the world, and our mission is to convince the world that our values bring true happiness. It is a great mission.
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I kept them safe in your name Jesus prays to his Father for the well-being of his disciples. In particular he prays for their union among themselves and with God, for joy in their ministry and for their protection amidst trials. Every community will be wracked by internal conflict. Jesus, pray for our unity despite our differences. Every disciple will experience some form of failure and exasperation. Jesus, pray for our joy in ministry despite frustrations. Every generation of the Church will be buffeted by winds of threat and persecution. Jesus, pray for our perseverance amidst tribulation.
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