Tuesday of the Seventh week of Easter
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 17:1-11a.
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 he 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. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are."
Commentary of the day
Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Sermons on Saint John's Gospel, no.104-105
"Father, glorify your son that your son may glorify you"
There are some people who think that the Son was glorified by the Father in that he did not spare him but delivered him up for us all (Rm 8:32). But if he was glorified in his Passion, how much more in his Resurrection! In his Passion his humility appeared more than his splendor... So that "the mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus" (1Tim 2:5), should be glorified in his resurrection, he was first of all humbled in his Passion... Let no Christian have any doubt about it: clearly the Son has been glorified in the form of the slave that the Father has raised up and seated at his right hand (Phil 2:7; Acts 2:34).
But our Lord did not just say: "Father, glorify your Son", he added: "that your Son might glorify you". Very rightly, then, we ask how it was that the Son glorified the Father... In fact the Father's glory, in itself, can neither grow nor diminish. Nevertheless, it was less so amongst us when God was only known "in Judah" and his servants did not "praise the name of the Lord from the rising of the sun to its setting" (Ps 76:2; 113:1-3). This was brought about by the Gospel of Christ, which made the Father known to all nations by the Son: this is how the Son glorified the Father.
If the Son had done nothing but die and was not raised up again he would not have been glorified by the Father, nor the Father by him. But now, glorified by the Father in his resurrection, he glorifies the Father by the preaching of his resurrection. This is manifest in the very order of words: "Father, glorify your Son that your Son may glorify you", as though he were saying: "Raise me up so that, through me, you may be made known to the whole world"... Even in this life God is glorified when our preaching makes him known to others and when he is preached through the faith of those who believe in him.
Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6