For the Glory of the Lord

Following the Last Supper, and after Judas left to carry out his betrayal, Jesus explained to the remaining apostles the trials they would face in the coming days, and for the rest of their days. Then Our Lord prayed what is now known as The High Priestly Prayer. Here it is in its entirety as recorded by St. John in chapter 17 of his gospel account, prayed by Jesus for the new holy people:

Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you. You have given him power over all mortals, and you want him to bring eternal life to all you have entrusted to him. For this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the One you sent, Jesus Christ.

I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, give me in your presence the same Glory I had with you before the world began. I have made your name known to those you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they kept your word. And now they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you. I have given them the teaching I received from you, and they received it and know in truth that I came from you; and they believe that you have sent me.

I pray for them; I do not pray for the world but for those who belong to you and whom you have given to me – indeed all I have is yours and all you have is mine – and now they are my glory. I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world whereas I am going to you. Holy Father, keep them in your Name (that you have given me,) so that they may be one, just as we are.

When I was with them, I kept them safe in your Name, and not one was lost except the one who was already lost, and in this the Scripture was fulfilled. But now I am coming to you and I leave these my words in the world that my joy may be complete in them. 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. 

I do not ask you to remove them from the world but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world; consecrate them in the truth – your word is truth. I have sent them into the world as you sent me into the world, and for their sake, I go to the sacrifice by which I am consecrated, so that they too may be consecrated in truth.

I pray not only for these but also for those who through their word will believe in me. May they all be one as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us; so the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the Glory you have given me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. Thus they shall reach perfection in unity and the world shall know that you have sent me and that I have loved them just as you loved me.

Father, since you have given them to me, I want them to be with me where I am and see the Glory you gave me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world has not known you but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. As I revealed your Name to them, so will I continue to reveal it, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I also may be in them.”

You can read all of St. John’s account of the Last Supper and the Passion starting in Chapter 13 of his gospel account.

  • Frank

    Our Pope's homily today is constructed around the High Priestly Prayer. Come and see…Holy Thursday Homily

  • Moses

    Dear friendsI share this thoughts with you from the context of a person who harbour niggling doubt about the truth and conviction of Christ for a very long time. There is this thought at the back of my mind for many years about whether my faith is real because I did not feel the kind of conviction in me; there is no "miraculous" insight about this truth (conviction about Jesus) that some people I knew had shared.Living in a society where Christians were a minority left me at times wondering that there is truth in the other religions (ie Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, alternative thinking, astro-theology stuffs such as those about "alien beings"; [no thanks to the internet :-) ] etc). There was a confused mind here. The history and state of the church as an institution does not either. I pray that to God for help in this confused understanding but doesn't seems to work of coming out it. And I was feeling a bit ashamed too that I have this kind of confusion.But for some reason or another, at the back of my mind too, there is niggling conviction that there is God, that this world does exist in vacuum and at times while a mass, the feeling just of caught hold of this thought.In making a decision to go for confession early in the Lenten season and try as hard as I can to turn away occasions for falling into serious sins and attempting to at the least following the Lent by participating in daily mass, and now the Holy Week liturgy, and after having went through Holy Thursday and the keeping the vigil over the last night, I woke the morning of Friday (before the sun rise) thinking just what a stupid thing to have…being confused and doubting the faith that my parents chose to give me through infant baptism, protected and transmitted by the Catholic Church which hold and teach the deposit of faith, and for wondering if Jesus is one among many or for falling for the assertion by one person that I came across that the Church as an institution (and any human institution for that matter) is ripe for "removal" from this world.It begin like this: WHAT kind of master was Jesus for having in his group of people (which should termed as disciples) who would betrayed him to his enemies, who ran away from him at this instance of troubles? I mean (I reason to myself) this coming from a man who had great insight to human way of thinking, who knew what was other people were thinking. How stupid can he be for selecting such people to be his disciples?And in reflecting on another theme about the assertion that Jesus never died on the cross but only such group of people who had twisted it about what actually happened, I reckon that if being following Christ for which we called ourselves as Christian can ever concoct such a story about a our Lord and Master willingly suffered, died and rose from the dead, we are probably the most delusional and crazy people around. Who in their right mind can come up which such fantastic story and hold them up for such a long time. Also why would a group who abandoned him them suddenly come back and make up this story about Jesus with great bravery and such gung-ho that it caused them their very lives in proclaiming the lie that Jesus never died on the cross, it was a substitute who was on the cross.We are probably the most stupidest people to live who follow a dead man believing him to be alive BUT (all I have to say have being said before just for my personal understanding and insight) St Paul wrote about such thing before and assert that our faith in Jesus is true and real, that he suffered, died and rose from the dead for our sins. It was God intention to struck a pure unblemished lamb for expiation of sins for the people, and that pure unblemished lamb was Jesus.So, in conclusion, I can remove my silly doubting about the truth of the Catholic Faith and live it with conviction and courage that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of living God and it come from God.RegardsMoses

  • Frank

    Amen Brother Moses and I am glad to stand next to you, my Malaysian brother in Christ. Who among us has not seen his friends flee when we have run into trouble? Have every single one of our friends stood by us during our time of need. Not in my case. Only the few who were true.And yet these same men, who fled witnessed Christ risen from the dead. And the Holy Spirit came upon them, He breathed upon them! And then it was like someone flipped a switch on these men. And every single one of them was martyrd for their following our Savior, and building His Church. Thanks for your comment Moses. To Him be the Glory forever.

  • Frank

    Addendum: All were martyrd except St. John. See John's Gospel, Chapter 21:Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was follow ing as well, the one who had reclined close to Jesus at the supper and had asked him, “Lord, who is to betray you?” On seeing him Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain until I come, does that concern you? Follow me.”Mind your own manners and follow me. Aye,aye Sir!

  • Moses

    Jesus is the truly the cornerstone, who for those who reject him, become the stumbling block, but the cornerstone (or counterweight in the engine) for those who accept him.