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Liturgical day: Tuesday 7th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 17,1-11a): Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, «Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son». Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, «Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you. You have given him power over all mortals, and you want him to bring eternal life to all you have entrusted to him. For this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the One you sent, Jesus Christ. I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do.

»Now, Father, give me in your presence the same Glory I had with you before the world began. I have made your name known to those you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they kept your word. And now they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you. I have given them the teaching I received from you, and they received it and know in truth that I came from you; and they believe that you have sent me.

»I pray for them; I do not pray for the world but for those who belong to you and whom you have given to me —indeed all I have is yours and all you have is mine— and now they are my glory. I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world whereas I am going to you. Holy Father, keep them in your Name (that you have given me,) so that they may be one, just as we are».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today the Gospel transmits us a part of Jesus' prayer to his Father-God. Jesus Christ is already about to suffer the Passion and He, with His divine knowledge, knows it perfectly: "Father, the time has come." Christ prays for help! He is asking it for Himself and for us.

—"God, like the best parents, takes care of us. But, at the same time, we must strive and lift our eyes also to the Father in Heaven.