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Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Thursday, 7th Week of Easter, May 24, 2012
Acts 22:30, 23:6-11, Ps. 15, John 17:20-26

"I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them" (John 17:26).

This is God's plan for our salvation, that the Father's love, in which Jesus lived eternally in the bosom of the Father, now be in us who believe in Jesus, and that Jesus himself, who is one with the Father, be in us. This divinizes and saves us, uniting us to the Father through our faith in Jesus Christ. The Father sent his Son into the world, incarnated as a man, to give us the life and love of the Father, which is the love with which the Father always loves the Son, and with which the Son always loves the Father in the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus Christ the Father wants to insert us into this same river of divine love. The Father does this through Christ, because he is both one with the Father and one with us (John 14:20). He is in the Father, and the Father is in him (John 14:10). And now through our faith Jesus is also in us, and we are in Jesus (John 14:20). Because Jesus is in the Father and at the same time is also in us, he becomes the intermediary who unites us to the Father.

Only Jesus Christ knows the Father (Matt. 11:27). He is therefore the only one who can unite us to the Father. Through Jesus Christ we also come to know the Father. To know the Father and to be united to him through Jesus is salvation. "And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3).

During his life on earth Jesus lived in the love of his Father and was always trying to insert us into this same love. Furthermore, Jesus wants us to abide in this love. He wants us to remain in it and continue living in it, as he does. Jesus loved us with the same love with which he is loved by his Father, and Jesus reflects this same love to us so that through him we too might live in it. "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love" (John 15:9).

This love of the Father in which the Son lives and which the Son reflects upon us transforms and divinizes us. The more we live in this love, the more we are transformed. Jesus' divine person divinized his humanity. It also divinizes our humanity. It is therefore necessary that we unite ourselves to Jesus, that we believe in him, and that we eat his flesh and drink his blood, which contain his divine person. Thus does his divine person enter into our humanity to illuminate it from within, making it resplendent, righteous, and holy. For our transformation, Jesus Christ came into the world. He came to illuminate and divinize us, to give us a share in the very life of God himself.

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