GLORY TO THE FATHER, THROUGH THE SONAfter Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed:‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.’(vss 1-2)
Jesus, facing the end of his earthly ministry, has been exhorting his disciples and sharing with them certain truths about himself and his mission. And here, at the close of that discourse, he prays for the fulfilment of all this. As we go through the week, and reflect on that prayer, we will find that that fulfilment is largely focused on the glorification of God, but not, perhaps, in the way we might expect..
The Father is to be glorified through the glorification of the Son but I wonder whether the disciples understood that such glorification must involve arrest, humiliation and a criminal’s execution. Jesus’ prayer also emphasises that the glorification has already begun, through his ministry of healing, preaching, compassion. And we will find that God is to be glorified through the work, the love, the unity and the simple identity of the disciples. Glory, in a godly sense, is not achieved through the grasping of power, but through acts of kindness, love, and a life lived for the sake of others.
This is the kind of glory to which the Church and the followers of Christ should aspire – the glory of God!
Prayer † Glorious God, may the life of Jesus be so perfectly reflected in the way we live that our lives tell out your glory. Amen.
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