Lectio Divina 2020-05-22

One

John 17 v 1 to 11

On reading and reflecting on the passage today two things shone out from the words Jesus said “ I pray for them “ and “ Holy Father protect them by the power of your name “

We are Jesus’ disciples on earth at this moment and Jesus prays for us l find that truly amazing.

Also that if I call out to my Father in heaven for protection, He will protect me.

Today I have felt just happy to sit with these words Jesus gave me. I have experienced God’s peace which is beyond all understanding.

Wishing you God’s richest blessings today and always.

Two

Coming to the passage as if for the first time, I am in awe; quietly excited – at moments wildly so – brimming over with love, hope, joy.

The first part to pull me up, with a lump in my throat, was “Eternal life is this: to know you…” Deep yearning, joy, repentance …and more joy!

That is what it is all about – to know the Trinity – and don’t you want everyone to come into it?

Mesmerising, too, are the words: “I am no longer in the world but they are in the world.” St. Teresa of Avila’s words come to mind:

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.”

Father in Heaven, hear your son interceding for us.Thank you! Come, Holy Spirit! Jesus, what a wonder you are!

Three

Jesus says ‘ I am coming to you’. If we live by God’s commandments when our Christian life is coming to an end we hope to say to the Lord’I am coming to you’ . We shall then be able to glorify our father for all eternity. Jesus’s earthly journey came to an end. We are still on our journey. It is indeed a glorious journey to undertake. Our faith is like our Sat Nav. It keeps us on the right route until we can say we have reached our destination.
Love and regards to everyone at Lectio.

Four

I was struck with the enormous amount of love that the Father has for us by sending his son to teach us how to gain eternal life. We have been chosen to hear the words of the Father that are given us through His son here on earth.
All authority has been given to Jesus by the Father. One must be present to exercise authority and Jesus is with us always until the end of time. Jesus taught us while he was on earth and we must continue to pass on that teaching. We are his disciples. We have work to do.

God bless you all. Stay safe.

Five

“… let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.
Eternal life is this:
To know you,
The only true God, and
Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

God The Father and Jesus give me eternal life. Wow.

To know God, to know Jesus Christ

How little, yet each day more

I’m coming closer, knowing closer.

Deep peace.

Jesus says, “I’m not praying for the world but for those you have given me…”

Concentrated prayer on me, so that I can go out and spread the good news.

“And now Father, glorify me with your very own splendour, the very splendour I had in your presence before there was a world.”

Clearly the Trinity existed before there ever was a world.

Then God created the world by loving it into being and loved every person and creature and thing.

So it is up to each of us given to Jesus and knowing God,

To let others know too,

To love as we are loved.

My love to all, God’s blessings and may the Holy Spirit blow…

Six

Friends
What leapt out at me was the repeated word “glorify”.

We tend to use “glorify” as “exalt” but I think it’s nearer to “make manifest”, “show forth”. “And my mouth shall show forth thy praise”

A ship’s manifest lists its cargo, which once stowed in the ship’s hold is invisible from the outside.

For me, the manifest makes the invisible visible. “He who has seen me has seen the Father”.
Jesus makes the invisible visible.

He makes the Father visible, and he makes the Christ visible. The Christ had been there from the beginning, but not until Jesus could we see him. John 1

Without Jesus, both would remain invisible, and indeed we don’t see then with our physical eyes, but only through the person of Jesus with the eyes of faith.

Immediately before this passage Jesus is reported as speaking enigmatically – same idea, invisible, hidden.

The wartime Enigma machine made the visible message invisible, and then visible again when decoded by the receiving Enigma machine.

After the enigmatic talk, Jesus speaks in plain speech – now he has made the invisible visible.

He manifests or glorifies what we cannot otherwise see.

As it says in Colossians – “He is the visible image of the invisible God” “things seen and unseen” Col 1:15, 16

Bless us all

Seven

He has done all He can to prepare the disciples and now ‘Father, the hour has come.’ I am reminded of Matthew 26.’ Grief and anguish came over Him. The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me.’ He has to face the grief of of leaving those He loves, and the horror of what is to come. The last thing He does is pray for His disciples. Fully human, fully divine, and yet He is selfless to the end.

This is not what I wanted to write, but this is Lectio and this is how the Holy Spirit moved in me. I am left feeling such sadness at what He was willing to do for us. He promises in chapter 16 ‘You will be sad, but your sadness will turn into gladness.’ And I know it will.

Amazing love, how can it be
That you my King should die for me

Eight

Two things came out straight forward in the Gospel of today:

  • ‘ all I have is yours’
  • Jesus prays to the Father for his disciples, so that ‘they may be One’

What can I say about the first one, it is so obvious, nothing I have is mine, nor my family, neither my own life: all is a gift from God, for all of which I am eternally grateful. Thank you Lord, without You, I am nothing.

Then I was a bit puzzle when J said ‘I don’t pray for the world’, He prays for His disciples, for all of us. Isn’t it exactly what we do?

I definitively pray for everybody in need in the world, particularly in these times of global suffering. But it is no less true that I pray especially for those ones close to my heart. Is this being insensitive? I think it is being human.

Anyway, I think each one of us is where he/she is, because God wants us, for some reason, to be there. Some may call this is our mission.

In the same way, Jesus, in His humanity, pray for those closer to him, those He loves. And He doesn’t ask the Father for health, or happiness, or… but for unity in between them.

As mother I can understand it. Every time my children fight, I just want them to remember that they love each other, to forgive each other, to overcome their differences with respect and without bitterness, to appreciate the gift that is to have each other.

Jesus wants the same for us, to be one, as Him and the Father are One.

Thank you Lord for the gift that is this group of Lectio Divina and for each one of us, because we see what unite us, rather than what separate us. Because each one is a blessing for me and because we pray together as one.