Daily Archives: 16 May, 2024

Find the 3 pilars. Reflection for marriages. John 17:20-26


May they become entirely one!

From the Gospel according to John. Jn 17:20-26

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: 

“I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Find the 3 pilars.

The priestly prayer of Jesus is like a kind of testament in which he transmits to the Father a summary of what he has done for us. He asks The Father that there be continuity and even progression in what he has given us until he reaches plenitude. In short, Jesus has given us the Word, the Name and the Glory. The Word that could represent God’s plan, the Name that refers to the intimacy of God and the Glory that basically is the divine Life. Way, Truth and Life. It is the legacy of Christ that leads us to become one with each other and with the Holy Trinity through Christ. Everything so we may be one.
Applied to Married life:
John: Not many people know how to explain how their Sacrament of marriage, helps them in their married life. I already know that Christ is among us, but what do you think if we make it tangible in our life?
Andrea: Well, I would summarize it in three words that define Jesus: Way, Truth and Life. The Way because He teaches us to be spouses. You look at Jesus as the Husband of the Church and if you base all your commitment in the way He gives Himself, you will be absolutely right.
John: Especially in His Passion, yes. I agree. Regarding the second, Truth, I would say that it means introducing ourselves together into His intimacy. His intimacy is the only truth because He “is” by Himself. He does not need any reference to resemble or compare with; nor to determine where it comes from. Only He explains Himself and the rest are creatures that come from Him. If you and I enter into His intimacy, and know who He is, all our affections will be properly put in order in our hearts and we will resemble Him. Furthermore As we enter into His intimacy, He makes us one with Him.
Andrea: Well, well… if I’m married to a theologist, how wonderful. And the third, Life, because He created us and gave us life, but then he saved us to give us eternal life. A supernatural life that goes far beyond the natural one. And in our marriage, we can participate in that life through the grace of our Sacrament. Without it, we could not become one with each other.
John: Hey, as a theologist, you don’t fall short either… In summary: The 3 pilars of our spiritual path: Formation, faith and life. Where would we go without our Sacrament?
Andrea: Nowhere.

What a blessing that God wants to become one with us. What more can we ask for? Without Him, where will we go? Praise God.