Unity: God in Us

In John 17:1-13, Jesus prays for us, His disciples that we may all be one  –  Christ prayed that we His followers would have a unity of love as exists between the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity.

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 . . . And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You gave me, that they may be one, even as we are one. . . . But now I am coming to You; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”

St. Silouan the Athonite (d. 1938) poetically comments:

“The Lord said, ‘I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and ‘You are in me, and I in you.’ Our soul feels the Lord in us, and we cannot forget Him for a single moment. What mercy is this – that the Lord desires us to be in Him and in the Father!

But what have we done for You, Lord,

in what have we pleased You,

that You do wish to be in us, and for us to be in You?

We crucified You on the Cross with our sins,

yet do You still wish us to be with You?

O, how great is Your mercy! I see Your mercy spread over me.

I am deserving of hell and every torment,

yet do You give me the grace of the Holy Spirit.

And if you did vouchsafe to my sinful self

to know You by the Holy Spirit, then I beseech You,

O Lord, let all people come to know You.”

(St. Silouan the Athonite, p 332)

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