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May 18 The Gospel breski1 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 17,1-11a. Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your …More
May 18 The Gospel breski1

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 17,1-11a.
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours,
and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are."


Copyright © Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

Saint Bernard (1091-1153)
Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Sermons on the Song of Songs, no. 27, 8-10 (©Friends of Henry Ashworth)


"I have been glorified in them"
“My Father and I will come to him” - that is to say, to the holy of heart - says the Son of God, “and we will make our home with him” (Jn 14:23). It seems to me that when the psalmist said to God: “You make your dwelling in the holy place, you who art Israel's praise,” (Ps 22[21]:4) he had no other heaven in mind than the hearts of the saints. The Apostle expresses it quite clearly: “Christ lives in our hearts through faith,” he tells us (Eph 3:17). Surely it is no wonder that the Lord Jesus gladly makes his home in such a heaven because, unlike the other heavens, he did not bring it into existence by a mere word of command. He descended into the arena to win it; he laid down his life to redeem it. And so after the battle was won he solemnly declared: “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I have chosen to dwell” (Ps 132[131]:14). Blessed indeed is the soul to whom the Lord says: “Come, my chosen one, I will set up my throne in you” (Sg 2:10).

“Why, then, are you sorrowful, my soul, and why are you troubled within me?” (Ps 42[41]:6). Are you trying to find a place for the Lord within yourself? Who among us can provide a fitting place for the Lord of glory, a place worthy of his majesty! O that I might be counted worthy to worship at his footstool, that I might at least cling to the feet of some saintly soul whom the Lord has chosen to be his dwelling place! However, the Lord has only to anoint my soul with the oil of his mercy for me in my turn to be able to say: “I have run the way of your commandments because you have enlarged my heart” (Ps 119[118]:32). Then perhaps, even if I cannot usher him into a “large and richly furnished room” in my heart where he may refresh himself with his disciples (cf. Mk 14:15), I shall at least be able to offer him “a place to lay his head” (cf. Mt 8:20).
It is necessary for a soul to grow and be enlarged until it is capable of containing God within itself. But the dimensions of a soul are in proportion to its love, as the Apostle confirms when he urges the Corinthians to “widen their hearts in love” (2 Cor 6
13). Although the soul, being spiritual, cannot be measured physically, grace confers on it what nature does not bestow... Love, then, is the measure of the soul. Souls are large that love much, small that love little; while as for the soul that has no love at all, such a soul is itself nothing. “Without love,” says Saint Paul, “I am nothing” (1 Cor 13:3).