7th Sunday of Easter (C) 2019

‘I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word.’
Jesus is not just praying for his original disciples who knew him personally but for all who believe and follow his teachings as passed down to us from his original disciples.
Why is he praying to the Father for us – for you and I – ‘so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.’ So this is why Jesus was sent by the Father to live among us. So that you and I may live in unity, peace, mutual respect and mutual support.
Furthermore Jesus goes on to say that this is the only way ‘that the world (those who know not God) may believe that you sent me.’
We are always being told to pray for this and for that. Which many of us do.
You judge for yourself as to whether these prayers are being answered.
Praying, it seems to me, is the easy option. One comes to me for help and I say ‘I will pray for you.’ Does that alleviate his/her hunger?
I know the answer very well but I hide from it.
It is in today’s Gospel reading and I quote it again ‘I pray not only for them, 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.’
Christianity is an invitation for us to join and share in the life of the Holy Trinity family.
Where do I start? Not with God. God is out of my line of sight. Never gets in my way. Never contradicts me. Never tells me to stop acting the fool.
So I start with my family. ‘So that we may all be one, as you, Father are in me and I in you.’
Then I try the same with my Christian family – my parish family.
Then seeing how we live our neighbours and acquaintances may begin to believe that Jesus of Nazareth was sent by God.
After all does not the life and words of Pope Francis do the same for you and I.