They looked at the unity in God in order to understand the unity among themselves. Order of the brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. JESUS’ HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER. • What limits do I put on ecumenical activity in my life? ", Copyright © 2003 - 2020 THE ORDER OF CARMELITES - www.ocarm.org, Celebrating At Home - Feast of Christ the King, Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Zaragoza, Spain, Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Fontiveros, Spain, A Meeting of the International Secretariat for the Carmelite Laity, As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (. The love which unites the Divine Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - allows us to experience God through union with the people in a community of love. We therefore practice it every day, so that we may develop a deep and genuine love for it, and so that we may grow in the surpassing knowledge of Christ. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE), Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, The Revised Standard Version Catholic Bible Compact Edition-hardcover, navy blue, Spiritual Warfare Bible, Imitation Leather, The Official Catholic Scripture Study International Bible, Largeprint, Bonded Leather, Black, Revised Standard Version Catholic Bible, Large Print Edition, Hardcover, RSV Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament 2nd Edition, Hardcover, The Catholic Family Bible, (RSV) Ivory Hardcover. 25 ‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. This love builds unity in the community (Jn 17:21). A love which unifies to the point of creating, among all, a profound unity like the unity which exists between Jesus and the Father. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’. • That they may be one as We are one. Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: "I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. • John 17:20-23: So that the world may believe it was You who sent Me. 22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). 17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. The Spirit also comes to us from the Son (Jn 16:7-8). People said of the first Christians, “See how they love one another!” The present day division among the three religions which came from Abraham is really tragic: the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims. In the Bible, the word to know is not limited to a rational theoretical knowledge, but presupposes the experience of the presence of God living in love with the people of the community. 2) Gospel Reading - John 17:20-26. The spirit of Truth comes from the Father (Jn 15:26). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. And fulfilling this mission of unity received from the Father, Jesus reveals the Spirit. Wedding Lectionary: John 17:20-26. He wants His disciples to have the same experience of the Father which He had. He wants us to know the Father and that He knows us. Chapter 17 of John’s gospel contains a Last Supper prayer by Jesus to his Father. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 17:20-23 Our Lord especially prayed, that all believers might be as one body under one head, animated by one soul, by their union with Christ and the Father in him, through the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. who believe in Jesus, our Savior and shepherd. 26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”. Of the four Gospels, John is the one which puts more stress on the profound unity among the Father, the Son and the Spirit. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 17:20-26 . and we know that You loved Jesus New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. John 17:20-26 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE) 20 “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. All rights reserved. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. 20 ‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. Lord, You will teach me the path of life, It is His testament. EXEGESIS: JOHN 17. Everything which is in relationship with the mystery of the Son, the Spirit makes known to us (Jn 16:13-14). From the text of John (Jn 17:6-8) we see that the mission of the Son is the supreme manifestation of the love of the Father. The unity in love revealed in the Trinity is the model for the communities.