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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 17, 1-11

After saying this, Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you;

so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity, he may give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.

And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.

Now, Father, glorify me with that glory I had with you before ever the world existed.

I have revealed your name to those whom you took from the world to give me. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.

Now at last they have recognised that all you have given me comes from you

for I have given them the teaching you gave to me, and they have indeed accepted it and know for certain that I came from you, and have believed that it was you who sent me.

It is for them that I pray. I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they belong to you.

All I have is yours and all you have is mine, and in them I am glorified.

I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel takes us back to the upper room. Once the dinner is over, before going out to the Garden of Olive Trees, Jesus prays a long prayer that seems to conclude the "spiritual testament" that he wants to entrust to his disciples. Jesus lifts his eyes towards the Father of heaven. Till then, He had been speaking to the disciples; now the moment had come for him to speak directly to God. And he begins with a name that is uniquely his: "Father." He had already used this name twice before: once just before the resurrection of Lazarus and a second time when the two Greeks were introduced to him. Now his "hour" has come, the moment for which he came to earth. And he asks the "Father" to "glorify him", that is, to complete the mission for which the Father had sent him among men and women. He then presents to the Father the disciples whom he had chosen, loved, and taken care of, making them friends and heirs of the very love that exists between Himself and the Father. This was his "work," the commitment the Father entrusted him, that is to gather those disciples and communicate to them the Father’s love and allow them to enter the eternal life: "And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." That work is to be entrusted to them and to all disciples who will follow from generation to generation, including us. Jesus knows them well and knows how weak they are. This is why he prays to the Father to protect them: "I am asking on their behalf." We too are included in Jesus’ prayer. Jesus knows that evil will try to tear them from his hands in every way, as the devil and his servants did with him. Jesus asks the Father to keep them and he also indicates the way to be subtracted to the evil one: "so that they may be one, as we are one." The very same communion that there between the Father and the Son is the guarantee for the disciples to be able to oppose the evil one and continue the work of liberation that the Son started and that must be brought to completion.