John 25:13-21 Reflection:
(note: made a mistake, John 25:13-21 was Thursday's reading)
We are given a great consolation in today's reading and it comes at the very beginning: ‘I pray not only for these (apostles) but for those also who through their words will believe in me.’
Jesus is talking about us and he is saying that he is praying to the Father for us. That is what Jesus is doing now, he is praying for us. Stop and think of what such a promise and statement means. Doesn't it fill you with awe that the sovereign Lord of the universe is with God the Father and he is praying for us.
Shortly afterwards, Jesus throws down a challenge to us. He says that our unity should be such that the world will know that 1) he exists, 2) is Lord and that 3) he was sent by the Father. When we look at the Christian world today and those places where Christians are fighting each other then we realize that we are far from united.
But the question then arises, what are we doing to help ease the disunity of Christians? Sometimes we are even standing in the way of unity in our own homes and we are hardly able to share the sign of peace with the person next to us on a Sunday at Mass. Sadly, I have to say, I have experienced this in several occasions.
But the consolation for us is that Jesus is always praying for us. We are never going to get this thing right, all we are expected to do is try. For the Christian being perfect means to keep trying honestly and openly.
And if we persevere in trying to improve right up to the end Jesus will not let us down! Remember the Cardinal Virtues.
I remember them by saying Jesus For True Peace
(Justice, Fortitude, Temperance and Prudence).