If Jesus prays to the Father, what do you think are the odds that he’ll be heard and be granted his petition? As good as gold.
Remember that on the night before he died, Jesus prayed for his Apostles and for us. From the Gospel readings of the last two days:
They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word [that’s you and me], that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:16-21)
Jesus prayed for me. Isn’t that a delicious thought? All the reason to be hopeful for our salvation.
He prayed specifically for our unity. Notice how in the first paragraph, he refers to the truth and sanctification three times. Go back and read that paragraph again. The unity that he wants for us is not some 60’s style love-in. It is a unity based on a sanctification that can only be achieved through adherence to the truth revealed in God’s word. That means that we’ll never have true unity in the Catholic Church today until we all submit to the one Truth. As long as we are reluctant to fully adhere to Christ’s teachings (without exceptions), as long as we have dissent, we can only aspire to some sort of camaraderie or tolerance of our differences, but not the divine unity that Jesus intended for us.
When it comes to unity, John and I will settle for nothing less than the real McCoy. That’s why this blog places so much emphasis on the Truth, the authentic teaching of Christ and his Church, recognizing that even the smallest dissent has catastrophic consequences for our unity.
And without that unity, it will be hard for the world to “believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21). The new evangelization is impaired, though not stopped, and souls are lost. Oh the anguish that Jesus must feel for these lost little ones!
At the end of time, God will win and unity will be achieved. Jesus’ prayer will be answered. But there will be many casualties along the way because of our negligence in achieving unity. If you want to console Jesus, work for unity in the Church based on authentic teaching.