FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
UNITY FOR PERFECTION AND FOR MISSION
June 1, 2017
Today’s gospel: John 17:20-26
Jesus’ final prayer before his arrest and passion was for unity. “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one” (v.20-21a). Jesus prays for his disciples and also for those they will evangelize, that all would be united in him. This unity is intimate, in the model of the Godhead. Unity is “as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us” (v.21b). That in itself is profound and mysterious, but that is what we are called to. There is no disunity or dissonance between the Father and the Son. So should it be with us.
Such unity is crucial so that we the Church can accomplish our mission. The intent is “that the world may believe that you sent me.” (v.21c). The Father sent the Son, and Jesus sends us, to proclaim the gospel and bring people to belief in him. But how can we be effective if we are not united in mind and heart, in cause and purpose, and in witness?
Such unity, as we walk the path of God and live according to His ways and bask in His glory, brings us to greater holiness and effectiveness in mission. “And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me” (v.22-23a). Perfection and effectiveness in mission. These are the marks of holy warriors.
Finally, it is with such unity, helping bring us to holiness and living out our mission, that will bring us to our eternal reward in heaven. After the struggles in this world, this is what God wants for us. This is Jesus’ desire for his faithful people. “Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me” (v.24a). Glorious life for all eternity with God. Such is the reward of holy warriors.
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