Jesus’ Desire

Today’s Gospel reading is a passage that I love. Is it the final part of what is sometimes termed Jesus’ priestly prayer in John’s Gospel. Jesus is praying to his Father shortly before he will be arrested.

The portion of that prayer that we hear today contains a particularly beautiful statement of Jesus’ intimate love for his friends, from whom he will soon be parted. Jesus prays:

Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, tha the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.

The feelings Jesus expressed to his Father about his disciples express His love and affection for each one of us. One way to get in touch with that might be to pray with the passage the way I did during a retreat one summer. My director invited me to pray with this passage replacing “they” with my name. The invitation was to listen to Jesus pray this prayer to his father about me. It was an extraordinarily powerful experience – to hear how much it matters to Jesus that I be with him always.

Try praying the passage in this way. Experience Jesus’ prayer to his Father as a prayer about you. Experience the reality of the extent of Jesus’ desire for togetherness with you.