And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
…that they may be one, as we are
Perhaps the most succinct expression of Jesus Christ’s entire gospel: simply to bring unity between God and man. And notice that he is praying for this blessing right as he is about to go and perform the one action that will make this union possible.
Sometimes I fall into a habit of asking God to grant wishes like a genie, hoping that He will take care of things so that I don’t have to. Really I should have my own plan for accomplishing good in the world, and then ask Him to bless me in those efforts.
I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept … I have given them thy word
Jesus further reinstates that idea of doing our part to accomplish the good in the world. Can you see how he is affirming the fact that caring for these disciples has been a partnership between him and God? God gave them to Jesus to care for, Jesus in turn kept them in God’s name, and he did so by giving them God’s word. This is not a one-sided affair, this is two companions working with a shared objective. It’s the same partnership God wants with all the rest of us as well. A partnership where we work with Him to bless the lives of others!