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By F.X. Cronin, Catholic Exchange, April 26, 2021

Mr. Cronin has studied on a graduate level in education at Harvard University and at the University of Connecticut, in leadership at Columbia University and in theology at Regent University and Holy Apostles College and Seminary. ..


The Facts of Life Series: The Future and Christendom

 “I pray not only for them, 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. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.”

— John 17:20-23

Jesus prayed that all who believe in Him would be “one” just as He is “one” with the Father. Jesus, the Incarnation, prayed for this for us and commanded this of us. He prayed about “oneness” even for us now, just as He did for His apostles and every other eventual believer. And He did this just before He began His passion. For the Son of God knew this was crucial. And, He knew this would be an enduring challenge.

But, His hope, His expectation is that all who believe in Him would be one. One just as He and the Father are one. He says this explicitly three times in these brief verses. And it is His last and summative instruction before going to the Garden of Gethsemane. His last explicit directive. His parting command. His final exhortation. His wholehearted hope for all His believers across time and space, right down to our modern moment. And, this is no small thing. …

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