Many Catholics today will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Since we did a reflection for the Ascension on Thursday, today we’ll reflect on the readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. In today’s Gospel reading from John 17, Jesus prays for His disciples.
“I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.” Here Jesus is not only revealing more of the nature of the Trinity, but acknowledging that if we belong to God, then we belong to Jesus.
Belonging to Jesus. It’s an interesting thought. It is not a type of Master/slave relationship, where the slave is a piece of property. No, this is more like a family relationship. We belong to a family. We love one another, and we have one another’s back. When it comes to the family of God, you most certainly belong!
Father, thank you for allowing us to be part of your family. This is where we belong. Amen.