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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 tary-- Prayer of Jesus for his disciples: Separation from the world commentary for May Sunday of Easter, :B, John 17:11.19. st and humiliated in the Garden of as depicted in the followed by the cry of Jesus on the that same gospel, are Gospel of prays in the his prayer is for the ose around him. As rites in 11:41-42, "Father, I me. I knew By FATHER DON DILGER COLUMNIST me, but I have said this on ac-. people standing by, that they may believe ," In the Gospel of John Jesus olute conviction of his unity with t his Father will hear and answer How different from Mark, where Jesus the ground to be delivered from is no answer. of John the Last Supper goes on Most of the material in those Consists of words of Jesus. We call this col- "Farewell Discourse." At the end of or sermon, chapter seventeen, there sus called "The Priestly Prayer 'Addressing his Father with an affection- asks first for the Father's glorifica- work in Jesus may be made asks for a return to the glory the Father before the world rest of the prayer is devoted to the dis- may be equipped for carrying on the work of Jesus. He prays for unity among his disciples. That petition is as impor- tant now as it was then. Divisions among Christians have been a scan- dal from the beginning. From ear- liet times we hear of racial divisions in the Mother Church at Jerusalem. Later there are disputes between Peter and Paul, between Paul and James, the leader of the Mother Church at Jerusalem. To go still far- ther back we hear of a traitor among Jesus' closest friends, among those he had trained and nurtured during his public ministry. Jesus' prayer notes that of those the Father had given him only one was lost, "the son bf perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled." We think John has in mind a particular text from Scripture. It is from Psalm 41:9. John applies to Judas in his version of the Last Supper: "He who ate my bread has lifted up his heel against me." An overriding theme of Jesu's' prayer is his im- minent departure. Note that John speaks of his leaving, not of his dying. For John the death of Jesus is only a part of his glorification. The cross is a throne from which Jesus rules and a means to freely lay down his life and freely take it up again by his own power. He prays that the disciples may be kept from the Evil One. A later work from the same school of thought as the Gospel of John has more to say about the Evil One: "We know that we are of God and the whole world is of the Evil One." The Evil One is the devil, Satan, the tempter, or whatever else the power of evil has been called in the history of religion. John is convinced that the world is in the power of the Evil One. In the Book of Revelation, which is also from the school of thought from which the Gospel of John originates, the power of the devil in the world is attributed to God's permission, but it is only for an allotted time. Because of the power of the devil, Jesus' prayer is not for the world but for those he must leave behind in that wicked world. They are subject to the power of Satan and must have special protection. Therefore Jesus asks his Father to conse- crate his disciples in the truth: "Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth." Finally Jesus adds: "I consecrate myself for their sake, that they also may be consecrated in the truth." What is this consecration for Jesus, for the dis- ciples? In the Old Testament a thing or a person is consecrated by being set aside for God's work. For example, the Lord says to Jeremiah: "Before you came out of the womb I consecrated you. I ap- pointed you a prophet to the nations." Sometimes a consecration was expressed through anointing with oil, as is still done in our own rites. But there is an- other anointing spoken of in the New Testament: "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit," Acts 10:38. That same Spirit is promised to Jesus' disciples, to us. The Spirit comes to us through Jesus' death, his bnsecration par ex- cellence. As John Writes in 7:39, "The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus was not yet glorified." Thus the consecration of Jesus brings about the consecration or giving of the Spirit to those who fol- low Jesus. As we prepare for Pentecost, we pray that the anointing of the Spirit may be revitalized in us toward the unity and truth Jesus asked of his Father for those who carry on his work. Readings: Act 1:15.17, 20.26: I John 4:11- 16. 7 der were coaches. Celebration ri, Matt Eng- Kendra Scheller, Smith at the 25th an- Arts Festival. at Good Evansville. n 'the Academathon School, St. ribbons in the They won 'y, first and and fifth Second and fifth )P, Jamie Keifer, Jenelle Luigs, Kissel, Patrease Seibert, e, Tara Hipp, lr, Theresa Michelle eremy Elpers Harris, Ren- Switching places Members of the two student councils at Washington Catholic High School, Wash- ington, and Rivet High School, Vincennes, switched places for a student council ex- change program. Amy Mischler, Sarah Hop- kins and Christi Smith are members of Washington Catholic's student council and Amy Halter, Heather Allen and Laura Carpenter are members of Rivet's student council. Art Show Ruby Carner of Evansville received a first place designation in the 1994 Marian Heights Academy art show. Alisa Dickson of St. An- thony and Emma Verkamp re- ceived second place designations. 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