Giving glory to the Father
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
7th Week of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 20:17-27
Gospel: John 17:1-11
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.”
(Daily Gospel in the
Assimilated Life Experience)
Today’s Gospel reading offers a good material to reflect on father-son relationship. Jesus prayed “Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you.” Jesus had already been giving glory to his Father. His obedience alone was a fitting tribute to the glory of the Father. Does your children give you glory by way of unconditional obedience?
Jesus has glorified the Father also by revealing him to humankind in word and deed. Whether your children intend to make you known or not, they automatically reveal a part of you to the public. This is because “a tree is known by its fruits” (Matthew 7:16). The deeds of a person are most of the time reliable indicators of the quality of his upbringing. “Children learn what they live, children live what they learn,” wrote Dorothy Law Nolte.
During his Passion Jesus did not feel helpless, for he was assured of the Father’s presence. Does your presence as father of the family offer a good source of consolation? Sad to say, some fathers are the cause of the sorrows of their wife and children. Many young people today envy Jesus for having the best father ever.
Let us take the divine Father-Son relationship as inspiration as we strive to raise the quality of our family relationship closest to the level of the divine. –(Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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