God’s giving of self

Today’s Gospel reading is the continuation of Jesus’ prayer to the Father we began yesterday. Jesus is preparing to be handed over to the authorities and killed, and so he asks his Father that despite his departure, those who’ve been entrusted to him will continue to experience God’s joy and protection. More importantly, Jesus asks that they (we) may be “sanctified in the truth”. This gift of truth comes through the entirety of Jesus’ earthly life. This passage reminds us of the continuity of what St. Ignatius might call God’s endless giving and gifting of self.

We have experienced God’s giving of self through the Incarnation, Jesus’ teaching and ministry, his death and Resurrection, and through his Ascension. And the fruit of Jesus’ prayer comes at Pentecost this coming Sunday. The coming of the Holy Spirit is the ultimate gift that assures us of God’s joy, protection, and truth Jesus so desires for us.

How do you experience God’s joy and protection?

—Andy Otto is a pastoral associate at St. Thomas More Jesuit Church and a retreat director at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA. He is the author of God Moments.

Troy Bengford