Our Gospels for today through Thursday consist of portions of what is sometimes referred to as Jesus’ “priestly prayer.” John’s Gospel for these days invites us to share an intimate experience that takes place between Jesus and His father, as Jesus prays to God in the hours before his arrest.
There is something incredibly exquisite about listening to Jesus talk to his father about us.
“They belonged to you and you gave them to me.”
“I pray for them…for the ones you have given me.”
“Keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.”
“I protected them in your name…I guarded them.”
“Consecrate them in the truth.”
“You loved them even as you loved me.”
And, my favorite, “Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me.”
Anyone who doubts his or her worth before God, should sit quietly and listen to how Jesus talks to His father about them. Hear Jesus say that you – with all your imperfections – are God’s gift to Him. That Jesus wants you – with all your limitations – to be with Him always. That you are protected by Jesus and have been consecrated in God’s truth. Pretty heady stuff.
It’s all right there. All we have to do is believe it.