Reflection on the Lectionary,Sunday 18th June 2023

Dramatized version of the Lectionary Gospel Reading by Adam Biddlestone

 John 17 verses 1 – 11 (includes 12 – 25)
The reading below is written as a prayerful monologue by Jesus and includes the whole of the prayer found in John 17.

Father, the hour has come. Glorify me, that I may glorify you. You have given me authority over all people so that I may pass onto them your gift of eternal life, through which they will know you as their one true God. I have brought glory to your name by finishing the work you have given me to do.

Father, glorify me with the glory you gave to me before the world began. I have revealed you to these disciples who are a gift from you to me. They have obeyed and accepted your word and know that everything I give to them comes from you. They are certain that I came from you and that you sent me into the world and into their lives. I pray for them because they are yours, all I have is yours and all you have is mine.
Soon, I will return to you and remain in the world no longer but they will remain in this world. I have protected them and kept them safe but now I ask you to protect them so that they may be one as we are one. (verse 11 ends here. )
I say these things now, while I am still in this world, so they may have the full measure of my joy within their hearts. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. Sanctify them by the truth of your word. As you have sent me into the world, so I am sending them out into all the world. I do not pray just for my disciples, I pray for all those who will believe in me because of their message. I pray that they may be one as you and I are one.
Through them I pray that the world may believe that you sent me. I have passed your glory onto them so that they may be one just as we are one, so they may share in the complete unity that we share.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, to see my glory, the glory you gave to me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Righteous Father, even though this world does not know you, I know you and all those who believe in me know that you sent me. I have made you known in this world and will continue to make you known so that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.
© Adam Biddlestone, May 2022. This version of the Gospel Reading has been prepared by Adam Biddlestone for use in public worship or private devotions.