Gospel: Jn 17: 1-11a
May 23, 2023 | Tuesday
After saying this, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come! Give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you. You have given
him power over all humanity, so that he may give eternal life to all those you entrusted to him. For this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the One you
Jesus Christ. I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, give me, in your presence, the same glory I had with you before the world began.
I have made your name known to those you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they kept your word. And now they know that
whatever you entrusted to me, is indeed from you. I have given them the teaching I received from you, and they accepted it, and know in truth that I came from you; and
they believe that you sent me.
I pray fort hem. I do not pray for the world, but for those who belong to you, and whom you have given to me. Indeed all I have is yours, and all you have is mine; and now they are my glory. I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep those you have.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me.” What powerful words and what a wondrous gift Jesus gave to His disciples! Take a moment and think
back to your childhood. Who was it that introduced you to God and to Jesus? Was it your parents or was it the priests, sisters, or teachers in your parish or at your
school? Was God manifested to you in the beauty of nature? Perhaps it was all the above!
The question for us today is this—How are we making Jesus’ name known to the people in our lives? Let us think and reflect on this for a moment. How do you strive to share Jesus’ love, compassion, and generosity with the people in your life? It may be through the simple and repetitive acts on a daily basis or it might be through
reaching out to someone who is struggling. When we strive to share Jesus’ love and care with others, we are making Jesus known to them. In the same way, let us
reflect on the love we receive from others. Who makes Jesus known to you and how do they express it? Is it by their care and appreciation of who you are? Did they do
something to make your day brighter? Today, I invite you to be mindful of the small yet wondrous gifts of care and love the people in your life share with you. Give
thanks for their goodness and love! And give thanks for the goodness and love of Jesus! /Vulnerasti, 2023