May 28 reflection by Deacon Dan

 John 17:20-26


Today’s gospel is the conclusion of what is referred to as Christ’s High Priestly Prayer.  A Prayer that Jesus spoke to the 11 to bring them comfort and to calm them as well as all of us who came after these disciples.  “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.”


The world has always been divided, but it feels more divided today than ever.  I have had conversations with people I love and respect that I have never had before.  Politics are creating a great divide.  Religion, or lack of it, is creating a great divide.  Once open-minded friends have become very opinionated and angry and afraid.


Christ knew we would face challenges like this, just as many generations before us have faced the same.  He is praying for us that we may hear the Word and all be one body, one family.  With Jesus praying for us, all the other political differences and health concerns are immaterial.  With Jesus at the center of our lives, why should we be afraid of anything?  What is the worst thing that can happen to us?  Physical death?  Why should that scare us if we will be together with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever?


The fear that has been created and fanned by many in connection with the coronavirus, has reached very unhealthy levels.  The risks of suffering directly from the pandemic may be very low, but the risks of suffering from the fear of the pandemic is very real.


Last week we celebrated Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  He was not afraid to leave for he knew his work was done and he was going to be with his Father, our Father.  In a few days we will celebrate Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit was sent to us so that we will never be alone.


Let us be calm, and joyful that regardless of the problems which may in this temporal world, we have Christ praying for us and looking forward to the day that we, too, will be with him.


God bless you.


– Deacon Dan