So That They May Be One – John 17:1-11

John 17:1-11

1After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Imagine the light of Christ shining upon you as Jesus ascends to his father.  The bright light, the joy, the abundant love of God showered upon those who reach out for him.  Reach out and receive.
  • In my life, Lord, be glorified, today.  Make me one with you.
  • Imagine the light of Christ shining upon creation as Jesus ascends to his father.  The bright light, the joy, the abundant love of God showered upon the trees clapping their hands and reaching  out for him.  Reach out and receive.
  • In my song, Lord, be glorified, today.  Make me one with creation.
  • Imagine the light of Christ shining upon all the people of the world as Jesus ascends to his father.  The bright light, the joy, the abundant love of God showered upon the gathered people reaching out for him.  Reach out and receive.
  • In Your church Lord, be glorified, today.  Make me one with my community.
  • Imagine the light of Christ shining upon the family as Jesus ascends to his father.  The bright light, the joy, the abundant love of God showered upon the people gathered around the table reaching  out for him.  Reach out and receive.
  • In our home Lord, be glorified, today.  Make me one with my family.
  • Make me one with you.
  • Make me one.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 24, 2020, the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction training, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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