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Liturgical day: Thursday 7th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 17,20-26): «May they be one in us; so the world may believe that you have sent me». Jesus said, «I pray not only for these but also for those who through their word will believe in me. May they all be one as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us; so the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the Glory you have given me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. Thus they shall reach perfection in unity and the world shall know that you have sent me and that I have loved them just as you loved me.

»Father, since you have given them to me, I want them to be with me where I am and see the Glory you gave me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world has not known you but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. As I revealed your Name to them, so will I continue to reveal it, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I also may be in them».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we hear how Jesus Christ insists on praying to the Father by asking Him that all of us be united. Jesus prayed a lot for this purpose. It is a very important question, and yet, how many divisions are there to be found: between families, between people, between nations...

Men will believe that Jesus is God if they see that His disciples live together and love each other. If we are not gathered around Christ, people will wonder: those Christians, whom do they follow?

—Love among all men begins with love and unity among those at home.