Chosen and Called

– Tuesday 7th Week of Easter –

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you.”  [John 17:6-7]

Today we enter into a profound moment as Jesus lifts his eyes to heaven and begins to pray. This prayer, often called the “High Priestly Prayer,” provides us with a glimpse into the intimate conversation between Jesus and his Father. Jesus speaks of the disciples whom God has given him, highlighting the special relationship they share.

Jesus acknowledges that the disciples belong to God, emphasising the divine origin and purpose of their calling. It is through Jesus’ revelation of the Father’s name and the disciples’ response to that revelation that their special bond is formed.

This passage invites us to reflect on our own relationship with Jesus. Like the disciples, we too have been chosen and called by God to follow Christ. We are not here by chance or coincidence; rather, we have been entrusted to Jesus by the Father. We belong to him, and he holds us close to his heart.

As we contemplate this truth, we are reminded of the great responsibility that comes with being disciples of Jesus. We are called to live in the world but not be of the world, to bear witness to the truth and love of Christ. Just as the disciples were set apart and given a mission, we too are appointed to go forth and make Christ known through our words and actions.

Let us take a moment to reflect on the profound gift of discipleship. How does knowing that you belong to Christ and have been chosen by him impact your perspective on life? How can you respond more fully to the call to be a witness of Christ’s love in the world?


by Arnaud Hurdoyal

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