February 16

Psalm 95; Psalm 31; Psalm 35; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Philippians 4:1-9; John 17:9-19

Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one….so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. John 17:11, 13

This passage follows Jesus’s farewell discourse with his disciples in the upper room before he went to the garden of Gethsemane. He looks toward heaven and prays to God for himself and his disciples and for us. In verse 21, Jesus says, “As you, Father, are in me, and I am in you, may they also be in us. . . .” This is the Eucharistic promise. God created us in His image. God said “it is good”. We are good. We are worthy. We are whole and holy. Yes, we are sinners. Yes, we are needy. The human Jesus was without sin, but he was needy. When the hour had come for him to be betrayed, he immediately turned to God the Father in prayer. Jesus reveals his divine connection to God, their oneness. He teaches us to discover that within us is the divinity that connects us to God and to Jesus. That we may be one. Our joy complete. Jesus was not alone and we are not alone. We are whole and holy. Praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.