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 your son 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.” Jn 17: 1-11a
In the reading Acts 20: 17-27, Paul addresses the leaders of the church in Ephesus. He expresses his hope that when he finishes his race, he will have carried out the mission the Lord Jesus gave him: Yet I consider the life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.”
Paul describes his work in that reading as bearing witness” to the good news of God’s grace’.
That too was the work of Jesus, bearing witness to the good news of God who so loved the world that He gave his only Son:’ I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do’.
Jesus, of course, was not just a witness to the good news of God’s grace; He was the good news of God. He came full of grace and truth.
Our calling, our job, is to bear witness to the good news of God’s grace in our lives.
We are to be witnesses to the light of God’s love. That is the work we have been given; we are to live in such a way that like Jesus and Paul at the end of our lives we can say, ‘ I have finished the work you game me to do’. Fr. Fidel