May 24, Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter
Daily Readings: Acts 20:28–38: Gospel: John 17:11b-19
Today’s gospel continues with Jesus praying to the Father for his disciples. In this prayer, Jesus reveals his heart for his followers and his desire for them to be one. He asks for their safety from the evil one, their sanctification by the truth, and their unity as he and the Father are one.
Jesus' prayer for unity is a powerful reminder of the importance of the Christian community. As followers of Christ, we are called to be one with each other, just as Jesus is one with the Father. This unity is not something that comes naturally to us. We are all sinners, and we all have our unique perspectives and experiences.
However, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome our differences and come together as one body in Christ. When we are united in Christ, we can accomplish great things. We can share the love of Christ with the world, stand up to evil, and make a difference in the lives of others. Jesus' prayer for unity calls us to live out our faith in community. Let us pray that we will be one with each other, just as Jesus is one with the Father.
Jesus' prayer makes clear that he valued Christian fellowship and the sanctification of the truth for his followers. God's sanctification is the process by which He makes us holy. It is a lifelong journey that begins with baptism and continues until we are glorified in heaven. Sanctification is not something that we can achieve on our own. It is a work of the Holy Spirit. However, we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit by submitting to his leadership and by living according to the truth of God's Word. When we do this, we are conformed to the image of Christ, and we become more like him.
Jesus' prayer for sanctification is a reminder that we are not perfect. We will always make mistakes. However, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can grow in holiness and become more like Christ.
Let us pray for the truth to sanctify us so we can become more like Jesus. Jesus' own' prayer reveals his desire for his followers to be one as He and the Father are one. This unity is something other than what we can achieve. It is a gift from God.
However, we can cooperate with God's grace by loving one another and by serving others. When we do this, we reflect the love of God to the world, and we become more like Jesus.
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