Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter

John 17:11b-19

The Father’s Word is Truth


2018 Reflection – May 16, 2018

Liz (Everett) McGervey ’14

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus speaks to his Father about his disciples. He knows the great difficulty ahead of him—suffering and dying on the cross—but he is also leaving this world and returning to the Father. His followers must remain in the world, until they are called individually to the next. Until then, Christians must face the challenge of living in the world, but not being of the world.

How are we to participate in this world yet remain impervious to its pitfalls and shortcomings? Too often we are tempted to two extremes, neither of which is very practical or meaningful. Either we reject everything the world offers, especially modern technology, or we embrace it and everything that goes along with it, including many of the negative qualities.

Jesus gives a different response: We are called to sanctify the world, not reject it. He does not wish us to hide from the world, but sends us into the world “sanctified in truth.” Just as Jesus’ action and sacrifice on the cross saves us, so our daily actions and sacrifices can lead others to be sanctified in the truth. We are meant for another world, but that does not mean that this world is meaningless. As Christians, we are called to be witnesses of the truth by our lives. Christ recognizes the enormous difficulty of this job, but we have all the strength we need if we ask for it.

Some today disdain modernity and mourn the loss of “simpler times,” perhaps with less technology, or fewer distractions, and fewer occasions to sin. But modern advances, such as the internet or social networking, are not evil in themselves. All material things are what we make of them, and as Christians, our job is to sanctify them in the truth, so that this world begins to more closely resemble the next.

As C.S. Lewis writes, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.”



See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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