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Acts 20:28-38; John 17:11b-19

That We May Be One

 “Holy Father, keep in your name those you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. . . . I pray not only for these [the Apostles], 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, that the world may believe that you sent me. . . that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me. . . .I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them."  (Verses from John 17:11-26)

Today’s Gospel is from Jesus's farewell address at His last supper with His apostles.  The address concludes with what is often referred to as Our Lord's "Priestly Prayer," quoted above. 

Note that the Lord is not addressing the apostles here:  He is praying to the Father.  Thanks to John the Evangelist, we, along with the Apostles, overhear Him pray that we may be one just as He and the Father are one:  that each of us and the entire Church may be enfolded into the divine mutuality, intimacy and reciprocity of Trinitarian love.

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