Today’s Gospel is taken from the great high-priestly prayer of Jesus in John 17. St Thérèse of Lisieux made this prayer her own in her autobiography, ‘Story of a Soul’, and here is part of it: ‘Father, keep them in Thy name, whom Thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we also are one. And now I come to Thee, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy filled in themselves. I do not ask that Thou take them away out of the world, but that Thou preserve them from evil. They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world. And not for them only do I pray, but for those also who through their word shall believe in me. Father, I will that where I am they also whom Thou hast given me may be with me, that they may see my glory which Thou hast given me, because Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world. And I have made known Thy name unto them, and will make it known, that the love wherewith Thou hast loved me may be in them and I in them’.

St Thérèse certainly made that love known in her own life. May we too know that love in our own lives this day, and give it to others; and may God bless you.