And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Last month, my wife’s grandfather passed away at the age of 92. He was one of the finest people I have ever known. He was a devout person of faith, widowed/married over sixty years, a veteran of World War II who loved to fish and be with his family. He was also a father of eight children with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. At his rosary, funeral, and military burial, I was struck by the number and diversity of people gathering in the name of Christ to celebrate this man’s life. In the midst of the diverse perspectives, personalities, schedules, and gifts, we were together as one community of God engaging with one another in sadness and gratitude for this person’s life.
The mission of Jesus shared throughout the Gospel of John is about this truth that we are all interconnected, made in the image of God, and born to unconditionally love. May we be more mindful of these truths as we interact with one another. Let us pray that we engage the world with the right blend of desire and spiritual indifference knowing that our ultimate goal is to love God and our neighbor in a deeper, intentional way.
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO.
The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God’s life to flow into us without limit. All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily. As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God insofar as they help us develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives, they displace God and so hinder our growth toward our goal. In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice and are not bound by some obligation. We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God. Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening his life in me.
—First Principle and Foundation of St. Ignatius, translated by David L Fleming, SJPlease share the Good Word with your friends!