John 17:9-26

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus would tell His disciples that “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: “I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” When Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane all the disciples forsook Him and fled and within several hours Peter would deny Jesus three times. At some point in our lives we also have denied or fled from Christ. However, before all this would occur and knowing they (we) would deny Him. Jesus still prayed to the Father for His disciples and for you and me. Jesus would first pray for the disciple’s protection and for their unity as the Son and Father are One. He would also pray for their safety from the evil one and for their sanctification. Jesus would also pray to the Father, for you and me. That we too may be one as the Father and Son are One, that we may be in them. Jesus also would pray that we may be where He is. It is comforting and reassuring to know, though we may fail, Jesus Christ has already prayed for us and is our advocate before the Father.

Ed Santa Elena

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