Glory to God

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know you, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”
(John 17:1-11)

Scripture Study

17:1 raised his eyes: A traditional prayer gesture (Ps 123:1; Mk 6:41). the hour: The time of Christ’s Passion begins in earnest. Because it involves his rejection and the aggressive assault of the devil, it is also called the hour of “darkness” (Lk 22:53). See topical essay: The “Hour” of Jesus at Jn 4.

17:3 eternal life: To possess life is to know the living God in his triune glory. Although this knowledge has a cognitive and intellectual dimension, it also includes a relational bond of love, friendship, and communion with God that grows steadily until our union with him is complete in heaven (Eph 1:17; 1 Jn 4:7). ● Personal knowledge of God is a sign of the New Covenant, according to Jer 31:33–34. the only true God: The NT doctrine that God is a Trinity is built on the OT doctrine that Yahweh alone is God (Deut 6:4; 32:39). This ancient belief, held dear both in Israel and in the Church, stands in sharp contrast to the pagan notion that many gods exist and deserve our recognition (Ex 20:3–6; Is 43:10; 1 Cor 8:5–6).

17:6 revealed your name: Possibly the divine name “I am”, which is shared by Jesus (8:58; 18:6). Or, too, it may refer to the general revelation of the Father’s life and love through the Incarnation (14:6–11) (CCC 2812).

Scripture Reflection

The word “glory” here refers to the splendor, power and honor which belong to God. The Son is God equal to the Father, and from the time of his incarnation and birth and especially through his death and resurrection his divinity has been made manifest. The glorification of Jesus has three dimensions to it. 1) It promotes the glory of the Christ, in obedience to God’s redemptive decree, makes the Father known and so brings God’s saving work to completion. 2) Christ is glorified because his divinity, which he has voluntarily disguised, will eventually be manifested through his human nature which will be seen after the Resurrection invested with the very authority of God himself over all creation. 3) Christ, through his glorification, gives man the opportunity to attain eternal life, to know God the Father and Jesus Christ, his only Son. This in turn redounds to the glorification of the Father and of Jesus while also involving man’s participation in divine glory.

 May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.