27.05.2020 — Mutual oneness in giving

Posted under Reflections on May 26th, 2020 by

7th week in Easter Time, Wednesday – 27thMay 2020 — Gospel: Jn 17,11b-19

Mutual oneness in giving

The simple Greek word kathos is variously translated as “so”, “as”, “just as”. “Just as” is a key theme in John’s theology, (appears 31 times in the gospel) which reveals about the mutual relationship of Father, Son, and disciples. “Just as the Father has loved me …” (15,9), “… just as I have loved you” (15,12). Here both the Father and the Son are “givers” and their mutual giving constitutes the grace. In the action of “giving”, the Father and the Son reveal once again their oneness that is expressed in “Just as” theology. As the Father does, so does the Son. As the Father is a giver, so the Son imitates the Father in his giving. Two significant things are “given” by the Son and the Father.  First, the followers of Jesus know themselves as belonging to Jesus. To know oneself as belonging to Jesus is to come to know the Father’s and the Son’s essential nature and purpose. The believer or those who belong to Jesus inherit the mutual extravaganza of their giving. The second thing that has been given is the knowledge of God’s name (17,6.11-12). God’s “name” stands for all that God is and has done, most importantly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. To know that name is to have one’s life constituted and sustained in the power of that name – to be protected and guarded in that name (17,11-12).   

26.05.2020 — Prayer of submission and glory

Posted under Reflections on May 25th, 2020 by

7th week in Easter Time, Tuesday – 26th May 2020 — Gospel: Jn 17,1-11a

Prayer of submission and glory

Often we have found in the Gospels that Jesus prayed. Sometimes we read short pieces of His prayers (Jn 11,41-42; 12,27-28). But the whole chapter of John 17 becomes the longest recorded prayer in the NT, which Jesus prayed hours before He was arrested. In this prayer, Jesus prays for Himself, that He would be glorified (17,1-5); for His disciples, that they would be sanctified (17,6-19); and for the church, that it would be unified (17,20-26). This prayer teaches us about the nature of prayer, about God’s sovereign purpose and our place in it, and about the relationship between the Father and the Son. In the first part, Jesus views himself equal to the Father in terms of glory (17,5), and yet distinct from the Father and subject to Him in their relationship. This prayer, along with His subsequent prayer in the garden, strengthened Jesus to endure hostility of sinners against himself (Heb 12,3). Jesus not only teaches us that we need to be faithful witnesses in a world that is hostile to the gospel, but also to submit in prayer to God’s sovereign plan, who glorifies Jesus through the cross. Thus Jesus’ prayer reveals his source of courage in facing the cross. He was resolute because He knew God’s plan and He submitted obediently in prayer to that plan.

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