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Today’s Gospel
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Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 17:20-26): "... That they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me." Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.

Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

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.