SO THAT WE MAY BE ONE
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify (ἁγιάζω) myself, so that they also may be sanctified (ἡγιασμένοι) in truth. I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me…” (Jn 17: 17-23)
Our Lord “sanctifies” Himself for us, that is, He dedicates Himself completely to us, making Himself ours, so that we also may be “sanctified,” or made His, “in truth.” He also gives us His “glory,” revealed to us most evidently on the mountain of Transfiguration, in the beauty of the Son, the uncreated Light of the Spirit, and the affirming voice of the Father. We, – all of us, – are given this “glory,” so that we may become capable of, and partake in, His kind of unity. Because we are utterly incapable of being “one” outside The One, the Triune God and Creator of all of us.
Today let me open up to what I have already been given; to the “glory” He has on offer, by re-connecting with Him in heartfelt prayer. Let me not walk about “in the world” aimlessly and in self-isolation, on my own. But let me be in Him, staying close to His word, so that I walk and act and speak as one “sent into the world,” as He called me to be, empowered with His humbling and unifying grace. “Come and abide in us,” O Lord, that we all may be one, as You are. Amen!