Today’s Gospel, from St John, repeats what we heard last Sunday, from Our Lord’s High Priestly prayer. Here are a few verses: ‘Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth’.

‘For their sake I consecrate myself …’ It has been said that these words lie at the heart of many a vocation to the religious life; but they can equally be said by any baptised person. We are all drawn into the consecration of Our Lord, as we are baptised into His death. We are offered for all, as Our Lord was offered for all.

St Pachomius lived this out as one of the pioneers of cenobitic monastic life. May he pray for us, and may God bless you this day.