Praying to the Father

At the Last Supper, Jesus glorifies his Father and speaks of his own glory, the glory of the cross which exemplifies his great love for us sinners and the reversal of our condemnation. The greatest gift a son can give to his father is to be obedient to him. Jesus was obedient to his Father until death, even death on the cross – the ultimate glorification. The essence of our faith is the knowledge that God is our Father. Through the cross, Jesus made it possible for all of us to recognize this truth. Jesus also speaks of the Father bringing glory to the Son through the great mystery of the incarnation and the cross. There is no greater proof of God’s love for us than Christ’s cross. In the cross we see a love that is unconditional, complete, perfect.

Jesus prays to the Father for his disciples that he would soon be leaving behind. He is concerned as a mother for her children, to keep them, to keep us believers, safe and protected because we belong to the Father who, in turn, endorsed us to Jesus. We belong to God because we believe in Jesus. How generous God is. And we are so undeserving.

  • Laura K.

    What the homily says is true but is it a reflection on the readings for mass today?

    I guess I missed your point somehow. Jesus tells his disciples that he loves them and for the disciples to love one another. His command is for us to love one another.

  • catholicexchange

    Hello Laura,

    You are only giving a kind of synopsis of what the Gospel reading was about, but a homily should do more than that. What the homilist is doing here is exploring the implications behind Jesus’ commandment to love. For instance: Jesus has a special “right”, so to speak, to tell us to love because he himself has loved us first, holding nothing back. And, he is interested in us loving God and our neighbors because he knows that doing so will make us whole–“he is concerned as a mother for her children.” I think these are good reflections on the readings today.

    God bless.