Reflections from your Co-Pastors
May 18, 2021
The Gospel of John 17: 1-11
In John's Gospel, Chapters 14-17 are known as the Farewell Discourse given by Jesus to his disciples. Jesus tells them that he will be going to the Father and he will send the Holy Spirit to guide them. He commands them to love one another as he has loved them. Then Jesus says that he is the True Vine, the source of life for the world, and his Father is the vine grower. The disciples are the branches of the vine. Jesus also warns the disciples of upcoming persecutions, gives them his peace, and reassures the disciples not to be fearful.
Now in today's Gospel reading, Jesus prays for his followers and the coming Church. This is the longest prayer of Jesus in any of the Gospels. In this farewell prayer, Jesus addresses God as he turns his eyes to heaven.
And even though Jesus has taught his disciples how to pray the well-known and memorized Lord's Prayer, He now models a more spontaneous,