Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of John (17: 1-11), in which Jesus speaking to the Father, says ‘Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you’.
In today’s Gospel, Fr Paul says, we are hearing the final discourse of Jesus at the Last Supper. As we listen, we hear that it sums up the life and purpose of Jesus. We hear the warmth of the relationship between Jesus and his Father. We also realise, without doubt, that Jesus came to do the will of the Father and, because he has done the will of the Father, we hear of the glorification of Jesus. Through the Resurrection and the Ascension, Christ now shares in the Divine glory of the Father.
In a way then, this Gospel is a meditation on the effects of the Ascension, which we have just celebrated, for the Risen Christ.
Today, for our reflection, Fr Paul says we might remind ourselves that through the Resurrection and the Ascension, Christ now shares in the Divine glory of the Father.