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Let us not detach ourselves from Jesus

Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. (John 17: 6)

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When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,  since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. (John 17, 1-11)

Jesus intercedes through His Father for men of good will. He intercedes for those who believe in him by listening to his Word and putting it into practice. Thanks to the unity of the Diving Trinity, Jesus’s disciples, thus, become His Father’s children. They enter into communion with God through His Son. We mustn’t ever learn to detach ourselves from Jesus because, as Jesus said, we cannot do anything without him. We cannot do anything. Absolutely nothing.

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