A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 17:11B-19
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
REFLECTION: "I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One."
In Acts, Paul is seen saying good bye to the disciples. He is fully aware he is not coming back: the situation looks grim. Neither do the disciples believe they will see him again. The Holy Spirit has warned him that imprisonment and hardship await him. He prays for the disciples of Jesus..
In the Gospel of John, Jesus is likewise saying good bye to His apostles. He has told them many times that He is leaving, but reassures them that the Holy Spirit will take His place. The Spirit will give them great consolation. He prays to His Father for them.
St Paul has told them what needs to be done to keep the Evil One away. Jesus said, "I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One."
With love for family, friends, strangers, priests and Church, we pray that we are kept close to God, that we will be helped in times of trials, illnesses, disappointments and setbacks. God has given us to Jesus and Jesus is now giving us back to God to be protected, kept and consecrated by the Holy Spirit.
We pray and wait on the Holy Spirit this Sunday--Pentecost.
Please pray day 7 of the Dekaena.
God Bless You