It’s a good feeling starting the day knowing that all those years ago Jesus had my back. How is that? Read today’s Gospel. 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. That is the continuation of Jesus’ long discourse from John’s Gospel. Do you know the meaning of the work Gospel? (Put your hand down Sarah – I know you do.) Gospel simply translated means “good news”. So that is the good news we read/hear from John this morning. Jesus had us in mind 2K plus years ago when He prayed not just for his apostles but everyone who would believe the message the Apostles shared. Again, it’s a great way to start the day with that bit of Good News. Amen. Know what that means? (Sarah has her hand up again.) Simply translated – It is so. I can find a much deeper explanation (and needing to fill space, I will.) From Dr. D’ambrosia …
Amen is not originally an English word, or even a Greek word, though it appears frequently in the Greek New Testament. It is a Hebrew term, and is associated with a very particular image in that language. Amen is related to the Hebrew word for “rock.” It does not so much mean “I agree” but rather “it is firm, like a rock.” In other words, “it is reliable, it is sure, it is solid, and I can stand on it.” The “It” of course, is God Himself, who is often called a Rock in the Old Testament (see Psalms 18 and 144) and a cornerstone in the New. But the “It” is also whatever He has said, whatever he has revealed. His truth is reliable; we can and must stand on it.
That’s a whole lot of meaning for a little 4 letter word. Think about that as you say that again at Mass.
Do something great for our Lord today…can I get an AMEN?
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid.
Jesus, I trust in You.