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St. Justin Martyr


Today’s Gospel is the conclusion of Jesus’ final prayer before departing for the Garden of Gethsemane and the passion. It is a prayer I find particularly compelling at this time in history when, all around us, seeds of disunity are being sown and harvested in equal measure.

I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one. (John 17: 20–21)

Today’s Gospel is the conclusion of Jesus’ final prayer before departing for the Garden of Gethsemane and the passion. It is a prayer I find particularly compelling at this time in history when, all around us, seeds of disunity are being sown and harvested in equal measure. Jesus’ desire for us was to embrace the love that God freely gave us and for us in turn to freely and unconditionally give it to others. Jesus died on the cross soon after saying this prayer and ransomed us from death.

Our baptismal promise should invite us to continue to bring reconciliation and hope through the power of his Precious Blood and be the countercultural prophetic voice needed at this time. As the Psalmist says, we should be confident of God’s mercy, compassion and strength as we strive each day to do the will of our Heavenly Father.

In the first reading, we are reminded though through Paul’s persecution that the way of the cross does come with its challenges. To be Christian leaves one open to mockery and sometimes persecution, but take courage in knowing that the Lord will always be at your side.

Sr. Mumbi Kigutha, C.PP.S. Novice (Dayton)


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