Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
(Acts 20:17-27; John 17:1-11a)
The movie Philomena opens with the main character praying. She obviously enjoys a close relationship with the Lord. She is a simple woman -- not well-off or socially enviable -- but happy. The movie contrasts her life with that of the journalist who accompanies her in the quest of information about her lost son. He is sophisticated, critical, and restless. Most people would choose to be like him, but Philomena’s life is really more desirable. Today’s gospel indicates why.
In the gospel Jesus gives a definition of eternal life. It is having status or comforts or culinary delights. It is merely to know God and His Son, Jesus. The knowledge he speaks of is experiential not theoretical. It is the love one feels from a friend who knows us thoroughly and chooses to remain with us forever.
We will gain experiential knowledge of both God the Father and the Son to the extent that we show love to others. This entails acknowledging and rejoicing in the goodness of those whom we meet. It can be challenging at times as most people have some irksome characteristics. We may consider our recognition of the goodness of others as an investment. Whatever effort we make to do it will reap great dividends in what God does for us.