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May 25th 2008 - 7th Sunday of Easter 532 John 17/11-19

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May 25th 2008

7th Sunday of Easter 532 John 17/11-19

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Background:

 Today’s passage is part of what is often called Jesus' “priestly prayer” because he is picture as praying for his apostles, the first priests. While it is legitimate to see the prayer in this fashion, it is a narrow interpretation, much too narrow for John’s intent which was to reassure all those in the community for which he was writing and not only its leaders. The apostles in this story represent the whole community, everyone who is embraced by the love of Jesus and therefore by the love of God. Jesus prays to the Father to take care of each one of his followers, to protect them from evil, to perfect them in goodness, to promote their growth in grace. The Irish blessing summarizes exactly the meaning of this prayer: “Until we meet again, may God hold you all in the palm of his hand.”

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 Once upon a time Mollie Whuppi discovered she had a real problem with the girls basketball team at Mother Mary High School. Mollie, as everyone knows, was class president, student body president, captain of the volleyball, basketball, and chess team, prefect of the sodality (they still had one at her school) and had the best grades in her class. The president of the high school often said that she was delighted that Mollie permitted her to remain in office. To which Mollie goes, “like REALLY!” Well Mollie did make mistakes. As her boy friend Joe goes, “she’s like occasionally in error, but NEVER in doubt.” WELL, the problem on the team was the poor kids that never played – the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth players on a team which had only nine really good players. Well, pretty good. So since the games were always close these other players never got in. And when Mother Mary would win close games against schools like Lord Jesus high and all the crowd went wild and hugged those who had played, they ignored the tenth and eleventh and twelfth players. These young women were good sports and never complained, but one day Mollie noticed how silent and sad they were down at the end of the bench. So she goes to the coach, we have to do something about them. The coach didn’t understand (often times they don’t, you know). If those girls played, they’d lose. Well, Mollie wanted to win as much as anyone (maybe a tad more). But she didn’t like those sad faces on people she liked a lot. So what did Mollie do? She organized a party at her house for all the basketball team (Absolutely no BOYS permitted) and praised the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth players for their hard work and good sports-personship, and gave each of them a totally neat blouse she had found at the mall. There was a lot of weeping and hugging. And no more long faces. And Mollie goes to Joe, like we really have to take care totally of everyone!

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So what did Mollie do? She organized a party at her house for all the basketball team (Absolutely no BOYS permitted) and praised the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth players for their hard work and good sportspersonship, and gave each of them a totally neat blouse she had found at the mall. There was a lot of weeping and hugging. And no more long faces. And Mollie goes to Joe, like we really have to take care totally of everyone!

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