In this Sunday’s Gospel we will hear Jesus praying for His Disciples; asking God to keep them safe and give them strength so that they can continue God’s work and one day be reunited in Heaven. And so it is with us, each of us, in our own way has the ability to continue God’s work here on earth. One of the key messages in this week’s Gospel is that of caring. Jesus wants us to care for others, just as He cares for us. That’s a big thing; caring in the same way that Jesus cares, our Lord who would give up his life for us.
So, this Sunday, as we listen to the Gospel, perhaps we can think more about this wonderful task and really look at our own caring role. It’s easy to care for our family, our siblings, our parents, our children; but Jesus asks us to care for everyone – that means spreading our care throughout our world. And what may seem like a little gesture – like helping an older person put their shopping on the belt at the supermarket – can have a profound effect on the recipient. Remember that the popular media would have us believe that the world is a bad place; but through Jesus, we have hope and faith and small gestures of love given to others have a huge effect on our planet.
John 17:11-19 (ESV)
11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Did you know that every week we send home The Wednesday Word? This is your chance to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday together as a family – we send it home in a child friendly format and it includes activities and puzzles and ideas for discussion and prayer.