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Morning Prayer, 4 Apr – John 17:1-5 ~ now is the hour

Morning Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentences – Cuthbert of Northumbria (635-87)

My eyes, my eyes have seen the King. The vision of His beauty has pierced me deep within. To whom else can I go?

Morning reading

John 17:1-5 ESV :

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When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,

“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed….”

Reflections:

Jesus’ prayer is grounded in the present, at this particular climactic point in salvation history – this hour has cast its shadow over the whole story, and its arrival has already been signaled, with its implications for glory, judgment and Jesus’ return to the Father.

gracious love

Jesus now addresses the theme of glory, asking the Father to glorify the Son so that the Son may glorify the Father – even in asking on behalf of himself his ultimate goal and delight is the Father. Glorification, in this usage, has a specific meaning: the death of the Son of God. Throughout the Gospel, Jesus has revealed the Father’s glory by manifesting his characteristic gracious love. In the death of the Son this same love is revealed most profoundly, for God is love, and love is the laying down of one’s life. In his death Jesus will reveal his own character and his Father’s character to be gracious love.

eternal life

The Son will glorify the Father through giving eternal life to those the Father gives him. And the Father’s glorification of the Son is in keeping with his having given him authority over all flesh. The flow is from creation to new creation. In both cases the Father is the ultimate source, and the Son is God’s agent. The Son has given life to all creation, and now it is time for him to give eternal life to those within creation given him by God. As with the Son, so with the disciples — the Father is their source. He gives them to the Son, and the Son gives them eternal life – all depending on the Father’s grace.

knowledge of God

The Son’s ultimate mission is to give eternal life, that is, knowledge of the Father and the Son. For John, this knowledge is closely associated with faith (which enables the appropriation of eternal life) and includes correct intellectual understanding, moral alignment through obedience and the intimacy of union (Dodd). Knowledge refers to shared life, and because it is the life of God that is shared it is eternal life. Eternal means unending or timeless, but it refers to not just the quantity but also a certain quality of life.

Eeternal life is not just a knowledge of God as revealed by the Son; it includes a knowledge of the Son himself. Thus he shares in deity, since “the knowledge of God and a creature could not be eternal life” (Alford 1980:875). This amazing statement, therefore, affirms both the equality of the Son with the Father and his subordination as son and as the one sent.

“The only life is participation in God, and we do this by knowing God and enjoying his goodness” (Irenaeus).

The IVP New Testament Commentary Series

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Canticle:

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield… overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Peanut Gallery: A brief word of explanation – the general format for Morning Prayer is adapted from the Northumbrian Community‘s Daily Office, as found in Celtic Daily Prayer (see online resources here.) The Scripture readings are primarily from the Gospel of John, with the intent to complete the reading by Easter. Other Scriptures which illuminate the Gospel of John will be included along the way.

Reflections from various saints will be included as their memorial days occur during the calendar year.

On Sundays, I’ll return to the USCCB readings (see online resources here) and various liturgical resources in order to reflect the Church’s worship and concerns throughout the world.

Photo illustrations and music videos, available online, are included as they illustrate or illuminate the readings. I will try to give credit and link to sources as best I can.

One comment on “Morning Prayer, 4 Apr – John 17:1-5 ~ now is the hour

  1. tannngl
    April 4, 2014

    Love that song.
    I love you Lord.

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