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:1, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 -" Commentary -- Jesus' prayer for his disciples: Protection by the name Gospel commentary for May 23, 1993, Seventh Sunday of Easter, Cycle A: John 17:1-11. For the past three Sundays )els have been taken from Supper Discourse of Even though one might of this discourse as fitting into Holy Week than the after Easter, a major theme long sermon is the immi- departure of Jesus. The of imminent departure in- d by John to refer to the cru- is applied by the Church between the resurrec- and the sending of the Holy Spirit Besides the Gospel of John only )resses the thoughts of Jesus in a sermon st Supper. Luke's version is very short. We have reached the final chapter of John's of the thoughts expressed by Jesus at the SUpper. There are five chapters of this long that ends with a prayer. The whole Last Discourse is in the form of a farewell ad- Since John has frequently referred back to his Law, we may conclude that the ea of such a long discourse originates in the address of Moses to the Israelites in the of Deuteronomy. Towards the end of his Moses also petitions heaven for his peo- As Moses asks blessings for his people, so now asks blessings for his disciples. p,: This prayer of Jesus is sometimes called the rleStly prayer for unity, i.e. a priest praying for By FATHER DON DILGER COLUMNIST I his people. The idea seems to have originated from a Church Father, Cyril of Alexandria, in the early fourth century. A Protestant theologian of the sixteenth cen- tury called this section of John "the prayer of a high priest." As a prayer it has some of the charac- teristics of Jesus' prayers in the other gospels. There are echoes of the Our Father as we have it in Luke and Matthew. For example, the direct address of God as Fa- ther, a petition for God's glory, a petition for protection or deliver- ance of the disciples from evil. We notice that there is no pe- tition of Jesus for his own deliverance. In the other gospels Jesus pleads for his deliverance from the suffering that was about to come upon him. Not in the Gospel of John. Jesus' prayer in this gospel is always different. Jesus does not ask personal favors. In the priestly prayer he does ask for the glory he had with the Father from the beginning, but the purpose of that request seems to be the glory of the Father, that the Father and his great works may become known to all. And so Jesus prays: "Glorify your son that your son may glorify you." The prayer of Jesus is com- pletely self-effacing. Towards the end of the prayer we may be shocked to see that Jesus says: "I am not praying for the world." We see something of a tension between this statement and John 3:17: "God sent tile Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." In general the Gospel of John is exclusive, i.e. its chief interest is in the members of the Christian community for which it was written. The "world" was the enemy. But the tra- dition of prayer for enemies as it is found in the other gospels, and the tradition of universal sal- vation brought by Jesus is so strong that it even breaks out occasionally in the Gospel of John. Finally Jesus asks: "Keep them in your name which you have given me," a name which he says he revealed to the disciples. What is the name that gives so great a protection? The name is that revealed also to Moses at the burning bush: "I AM." Repeatedly the Gospel of John refers to Jesus as "I AM." It is John's way of in- sisting on the divinity of Jesus. That name is sa- cred in both Jewish and Christian tradition. It protects the one who works in that name. Thus Moses was protected before the Egyptian Pharaoh because he knew the name of God: "The 1 AM sent me." Of the angel that leads the Is- raelites in the wilderness it is said: "My name is uponhim," thus protecting them from harm. :What can we learn from Jesus' prayer for our own prayer? In imitation of Jesus our prayer can be self-effacing, pleading for others rather than for ourselves. This does not mean that we will be neglected. Like Jesus we want to be so much in union with God that we need not ask for our- selves, that we have complete confidence that the Father will take care of us as long as we seek his glory rather than our own. Let us ahvays be aware that "THE NAME" is upon us. Other readings: Acts 1:1-14; I Peter 4:13-16. to the Message .... NUT ;NK COFFEE 00ItOP  t7 DELICIOUS HOMEMADE DONUTS Made from Scrah OPEN DAILY U0N.UT Ug.l SUWDAY I.11 EVANSVILLE SERVlCE SHOPPING GUIDE I THE BEST NG SERVICE ) ,ING CO. 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Father Gone Schroeder, pastor, wall officmte. A p- tion will follow at St. Joseph's gym. The couple was ma June 3, 1943, at Assumption Church in Muskogee, Okla., where William was stationed. He also served in North ca, - Italy and France. He retired from Whirlpool Corp. in 183 after 35 years. She retired from Deaconess Hospital in 1980. II I I I Knights of Columbus LIFE INSURANCE ANNUNITIES AND IRA's JAMES FRANCE Evansville, IN (812) 479-5119 Serving Knights and their families for over a century , ,,,=, / I[I IIIII I I I I L II III I IIII!|1 I I Hill i I I ( HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC stn, Coreroai and Resclent P,O Box 405 TONY NAZARIO H'ld, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1:800Fo6-2787 II I I I