Carmelite Homilies are recorded by Fr. Gregory Houck, O, Carm., following the Cycle of Readings of the Common Lectionary. His preacher’s blog is found at: fathergreg.com
In today’s Gospel Jesus is praying for the ones that the Father has given him. But it’s a two-way street. The Father gives us to Jesus, but then do we give ourselves then to Jesus? Saint Therese writes, “For a long time I have not belonged to myself since I delivered myself totally to Jesus, and he is therefore free to do with me as he pleases.” That’s our mission; that’s our part. Yes, the Father has given us this great gift of life; has given us Jesus. And we need to give ourselves to Jesus. To follow Therese’s example and deliver ourselves totally to him.