The Prayer of Jesus
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2018 SENT BY GOD “So that the world may believe that you have sent me.” — John 17:21
I love the feeling of knowing I am exactly where God wants me to be. I feel at peace. Have you ever felt this way?
I experienced this at a strategic planning and teambuilding workshop I conducted for one of my regular clients. I was happy to assist the owners in addressing their concerns and meeting their objectives. At the same time, I felt moved when I heard the insights and sharing of some of their employees during the workshop. I knew right then and there that God truly sent me to help the company owners and their employees.
I always ask God to guide me and grant me wisdom so that whenever I meet with potential clients who want to hire me as a consultant for management, human resources or training solutions, I would know if He is truly sending me to that company. My goal is to be a blessing to my clients and to make a difference not just in their company’s performance, but more importantly, in their lives. Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reflect: Where is God sending you to bring His message of love? Have you responded to Him?
“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.” (St. Francis of Assisi)
2018 NOT ONLY FOR THESE The crybaby that I have always been was again in tears yesterday as I wrote my reflection. Today is no different. I have always had a soft spot for the abandoned, the neglected — individuals who, to my mind, were given a raw deal in some way. The image of the solicitous Shepherd guarding everyone so that none of them was lost was one that tugged at my heart for a long while, only to find continuation today.
There was a time in my life when I felt not just alone but sort of abandoned. In those dark nights of both the senses and the soul, this passage from John was among those that I held on to for solace and comfort.
Both passages of today and yesterday began with the same phrase:“Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed.” It reminded me of one of my most favorite passages from the Book of Psalms: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains from where shall come my help.”
This was what I prayed over and over again when I was down in the dark basement of desolation. But while I prayed hard for myself and my needs and concerns, the Lord at this time was praying for you and me, and more. He was praying “not only for these” — meaning His disciples then and there. He was interceding as High Priest for them and “those who will believe” in Him.
I feel convicted. How many times do we need to be reminded that the so-called “mining” business is not what Christians ought to be busy about? How many times do we need to tell ourselves that God’s concerns go far, far beyond “I, me, and mine”?
Christ was at His best as High Priest in this prayer. He was praying for me. He was praying for you. He was praying for all, and His prayer was focused “so that all may be one,” as the Father and Him were one. But there was more. He prayed for the world, “that the Lord may know that You sent me, and that You loved them even as You loved Me.”
Teach me to pray, O Lord! Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB
——- REFLECTION QUESTION ——- Which part of Jesus’ prayer in today’s Gospel resonates well with you?
Your love, O Lord, fills me with so much gratitude. How can I still be unfaithful to You? Help me to be faithful to You. Amen.
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