17:20-26 — “Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed…that the love
with which you loved me may be in them and I in them." What consolation
we can find in the prayer of Jesus. It was the love of the Father that
protected the infant Jesus from Herod’s troops; it was the love of the
Father that safeguarded a precocious 12-year-old runaway in the Temple.
It was the same love that enfolded Him when
He was attacked by Satan in the desert, that gave Him courage in the
midst of persecution, that held Him in the garden of Gethsemane, that
infused strength for carrying the cross, that raised Him to life anew on
Easter, and that drew Him to Heaven in the Ascension. And Jesus prays
that the same love be in us! Secure in that love, we can weather any
storm and rejoice in every good thing.