Posted: 14 May 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. 18 As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth. John 17:11-19
Reflection: We see wars, acts of terrorism, the various fights on religion and arguments based on it and many of us can often get fed up about it and give up on religion easily.
Many among these will profess a religion of ‘humanity’ or ‘humanism’.
There a quite a few, even among the consecrated ones who think that to be a Christian means to profess humanism and even practice a form of humanism while living their religious vows.
I know of such who have been part of organizations which proclaim humanism and some have even gone to the extent of recommending me to such organizations.
They do not realize that working for humanity and humans and their needs as a goal is detrimental for humans in the long run.
They who work for a humanistic society, where justice, peace and brotherhood dwell are fools trying to build an ideological society.
The agenda of the small Christian communities or the basic Christian communities also have a similar motivation and can be visibly seen in their ultimate goal to form a human community.
Unity and peace is the core agenda and many a times they are achieved by methods which are contrary to such values. They prove themselves by their subtle dictatorial methods and corrupt ways.
Christ Jesus was no corrupt man and he did not give us a corrupt doctrine or teaching for unity and peace; the only unity and peace we can have is by abiding in the love of the Father by accepting the name of Jesus.
It is an eternal truth which may not be realized in this world but its power can be experienced while we labor in this world as true followers of Christ Jesus.
Yes it is in the name of Jesus we will find unity as proclaimed by Jesus: “Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me.” (vs. 11a)
Prayer: Holy Father, keep us in thy name, which thou hast given Jesus, that we may be one, even as you’ll are one. (vs. 11)
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