God Gives Grace
God gives us grace. Take some time today for Lectio Divina. Read this Gospel the first time, taking in what is happening. The second time, read through and pick out one or two phrases that stand out to you and hold them in your heart. The third time, read through and consider how God is speaking to you through this reading. Then take some time to pray and reflect.
Today's Gospel states: '"I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me. I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them"' (John 17:20-26).
In today's reading, we hear about how God is one with us when we believe in Him. We are given God's grace, protected and strengthened through the armour of God and equipped with all we need: the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, virtues, and God's Word. When we know God and have faith, we are given all we need to live good lives. What stood out for you in today's reading? Take some time today to pray and reflect.
Today we pray:
Thank You for another day to live, love and be loved. Help me to use all of the gifts and tools that You give me to lead a life of love, devoted to You. I pray in Your most Holy name, Amen.