“Father, keep those you have given me true to your name.”

John 17:11

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Acts 20:28-38; Psalm 68: 29-36; John 17:11-19

The global spread of the Covid-19 and lockdown has proven to be very trying times for all of us. We have found ourselves, and even those who did not believe in prayer, praying more often than usual. Today Jesus himself raises his eyes to the heavens and prays. He prays that we will not only come to know the truth but will remain faithful to God.

What does Jesus praying to the Father mean to me? He could easily have asked the Father because of the relationship they have. Instead, he chose to pray to the Father so that we would understand that we could have similar relationships with him and the Father. Knowing he could not physically protect us, for he was leaving, he prayed that we would be protected.

Paul, in the Acts of the Apostles, addressing the elders of Ephesus, warned them of the dangers they would face after he has left and he prayed with them.

The whole world is praying for a solution to the pandemic. We are wondering when God will answer our prayer. There is fear. People are dying. We still cling to hope. Today as Jesus prays to the Father, I ask myself if I will do my part and stay true to his name. Or will I let fear overwhelm me and lose focus of who God is in my life? If I know the truth. I will hold fast to it and pray.


I pray that I may have the courage to stay true to you and come to know the truth that is you, that I may be one with you and the Father.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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