John 17:11-19 Reflection:
In today’s gospel Jesus prays for the disciples and asks the Father to look after and keep them right when he is no longer with them.
“While I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name,” he says, showing that while we are in close contact with the Lord that he will look after our spiritual well-being. But the onus on us is to keep close to him by prayer and fasting.
Jesus also tells us “I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world.”
We see evidence of this hatred so much in our world today but it is not only the hatred of Christians that we see, there appears to be a breakdown into so many different peoples and races that are giving way to hatred and killing for the sake of killing. Evil always shows its face in violence.
Jesus goes on to ask the Father to protect us from the evil one and to keep us in the truth. He also says that he has sent us into the world to proclaim his word. When you read this and think about it, Jesus has already told us that the lines between Christians and those who are anti-Christ are, and will always be, clearly marked.
Why then do we be surprised by the hatred and violence in the world?