The Good News for the day, May 17, 2018
Thursday in the Seventh Week of Easter (300)
Continuing his prayers, eyes uplifted, Jesus says: “I am praying not just for these, but also for everyone who will come to believe in me through their message, so that they may all be together, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you—that they also may be in us…so that the world may believe that you sent me. I have given them the significance you have given me,
so that they may be together as one, as we are one—I in them and you in me,
so that they may be brought to consummation as one,
that the world may know that you sent me, and
that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my significance that you have given me, because you loved me above and beyond the groundwork of the world. Good and fair Father, the world also doesn’t know you with the love with which I know you; they know that you sent me, I have made known to them the knowledge of your family—Your Name—and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”(John 17)
So much distrust, anger and hatred rise like weeds from our ignorance of one another. We see someone whom we don’t know – and who might look or talk different – and, too often, because our instinct is to fear what is different, to become uncomfortable with what is strange, we turn off the love of God.
On the other hand, someone who follows Jesus – and who tries to be Jesus in our present world – sees another person of whatever kind as someone loved by God, and kept in existence by our loving Creator.
The whole point of this reading is that the love that God has for our world is within—inside ourselves, our conscience, and our mind, waiting to emerge. Only the habit of prejudice, the failure to grow up, an environmental culture of caution and fear – these keep us from feeling and expressing the love of God for our neighbor.
This love that is in you and me can elicit that same peace and gratitude in the persons we meet if they realize our attitude towards them. In that way, you become one with the persons you meet; we love one another.
It is this togetherness, a oneness of love, that links this Family – we children of God – not externals. You and I form more than a community, we are a Unity of God, Jesus, you, and me. And all because you see other people with the eyes of God and Jesus.