Jesus Prays for His Followers
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up
to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your
Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him
authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you
have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified
you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So
now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that
I had in your presence before the world existed. "I have
made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world.
They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your
word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from
you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and
they have received them and know in truth that I came from you;
and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their
behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf
of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are
yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.
And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world,
and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name
that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
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Admittedly this probably represents the cartoonist's
view of the situation rather than Jesus' view as reflected in
the reading. I sure would have wanted to get out of that assignment!
Fortunately Jesus was willing to carry on regardless of the consequences.
May we have even a portion of that kind of courage in our faith
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