Carry the gospel with you

Posted in Called, christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion by Mike on June 1, 2014

15a55494810553c4ca5abb6549e8bf51_w600Gospel reading of the day:

John 17:1-11a

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The disciples who surrounded the table at the Last Supper were not deeply learned. Some of the men and women who followed Jesus probably had better than average resources, but most of them came from the subsistence backgrounds that prevailed in Jesus’ time. With a few exceptions, like Nicodemus and Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, they were not socially well-positioned. The men and women who followed Jesus were generally, in the way the world thinks of these things, exceptionally ordinary men and women. But when Jesus makes his prayer at the meal with his followers, he dismisses the world, telling his Father, “I do not pray for the world.” Instead, he calls the disciples who surround the table his treasure, telling the Father, “I have been glorified in them.” Becoming something as the world thinks of something is both difficult and precarious. The world is fickle, and its glories fade. But the honor that matters most, Jesus’ endorsement before the Father, is something that is in reach of each of us.

Spiritual reading: Heroism for this age requires us to take our journeys, to find the treasure of our true selves, and to share that treasure with the community as a whole—through doing and being fully who we are. To the degree that we do so, our kingdoms are transformed. (Carol Pearson)


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