Jesus' prayer—we are one
I just finished reading the Gospel of John (which a group of us at church is reading through together—we'll meet to discuss it next week). It's such a powerful account of Jesus and his ministry, with a large section devoted to his words to us just prior to the crucifixion.
I especially love these verses from John 17, in the midst of his prayer for his disciples:
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
"[T]hat they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one…" I cannot read these words without a settled sense of peace washing over me. For I know that Jesus' prayer was [is] answered.
I feel so connected to that prayer, like he's talking right to my heart and telling me the truth of my being. I am one with Christ, with Love, with Truth. You and I are together in this oneness, forever held in the buoyancy of the Divine. All the world is in this oneness, united in peace and joy. Everyone throughout time has a place in this oneness, not one is left out, all are included.
We are one. This is how we can love all creation—in loving others, we are also loving ourselves and the Divine all at the same time. All creation exists within us because we are one with it. We have the capacity to understand it, to appreciate it, to express it. All of it. Because we are one in Spirit.
Ah, the peace this is bringing me this morning. I pray that you share it with me.
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