Today's Gospel reading gives us a glimpse of the personal relationship Jesus has with God, his (and our) Father. It is wonderful to see how Jesus does not take claim for anything but gives all credit for what he has done on earth to God. This familial relationship is something unique to Christianity. Most religions keep God at a distance, being a creator but keeping those created at a hands length. Jesus shows us the closeness that is possible as we are adopted children of God. God, our Father, cares for us and takes personal responsibility for our welfare...he even gave us us Jesus, his Son. I stand in awe of this awareness and love showered on us....how Jesus, being of flesh, is now with the Father and is pleading and interceding for us. Taking Jesus' example we should pray for God's children...pleading for people to be led to be in communion with God. It is then the Holy Spirit's responsibility to work in their hearts and bring them to the love of God...but we, like Jesus, can rest knowing we have prayed as intercessors for God's family. God Bless.
A philosophy such as that of Satre is profoundly revolting. We demand to know the objective meaning of things, and refuse to think that fundamentally all there is, is the mere existence of things. There are not just facts, the facts before us on which we impose whatever meaning we choose. We are convinced that the world has some meaning, some purpose, an objective nature, which if allowed to flourish will bring fulfilment to all. This conviction that there is real and objective meaning to life leads man to ask, what is the purpose of things? — which is to ask more than what is the purpose of my own life. We wonder what is the purpose of the world, of the universe, of all things, be they seen or unseen. This is not merely an intellectual question, for we experience within ourselves a constant sense of obligation to do what is objectively right and good. If my marriage has an objective purpose and meaning, and not simply one that I decide for it, then this objective fact will profoundly affect what I perceive to be my moral obligations. All this is to say that my conscience will be shaped by what I perceive to be, or, by contrast, what I arbitrarily choose to be, the meaning of things. Well, into all this questioning comes the Good News of Divine Revelation. God has revealed the meaning of the universe, of my own life, and of all things that are, be they seen and unseen. The meaning of it all is that God may be honoured and glorified. The purpose of everything is the glory of God — that he be honoured and glorified. It is this to which our Lord refers in our Gospel today, which is drawn from his great prayer to his heavenly Father, offered up during the Last Supper and reported for us in the Gospel of St John (John 17:1-11a). Christ prays that the Father will glorify him, so that he may glorify the Father: “After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed: Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” Our Lord continues, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” The purpose of creation is to give glory to God. The sin of man was a great refusal to give him glory, and the Son of God became man to reverse this and to render perfect glory to God on our behalf. And there we have it.
The meaning of life, the meaning of the world, the meaning of all things be they seen or unseen, is to give glory to God. St Ignatius Loyola coined a famous phrase that sums up the quest for goodness, which is the moral imperative perceived by the conscience. That phrase was, All for the greater glory of God: Ad maiorem Dei gloriam. Ignatius goes further than, all for the glory of God. Rather, his wording is, all for the greater glory of God. Our lives, founded on the love that God has for us, ought be impelled by a loving desire to give greater and greater glory to God by following more and more generously in the footsteps of Jesus Christ his Son. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit! As it was in the beginning, is now, and forever!