I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. John 17:11–12
In John 17, Jesus prays to his father as his earthly ministry comes to a close, as his assertion to the father comes ever closer. He prayer for and blesses his friends, his disciples, his Church to sent as a blessing into the world. This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday – the Holy Spirit sent like tongues of fire to fill and propel God’s People.
As we await, in the waning days of the Easter season the celebration of the coming of the Spirit, I encourage you to set aside a mere 13 minutes and enter into a time of prayer in Jesus’ prayer.
Peace, hope and love