Who do we belong to? Hunter D’Armond, SJ, reflects on Jesus’ message that we don’t belong to the world. Based on the readings for Sunday, May 16, 2021.
Jesus, what do you mean we do not “belong to the world?”
Hi, I’m Hunter D’Armond and this is my one-minute reflection.
In today’s gospel Jesus is praying for us to the Father just moments before his passion and crucifixion.
So what Jesus means by saying that we are not “of the world” is that we do not belong to and we are not bound by the powers of evil and darkness which plotted to kill Jesus 2000 years ago, and that still prowl the world seeking destruction, injustice, death, confusion, and evil.
Instead, we belong to the very Father who Jesus prays to. We belong to light, to liberation, to peace, and to joy. That is our identity. That is what we belong to.
So be bold in prayer today, and ask God for the grace to let go and be delivered from the forces of darkness so that you may shine in the Father’s light just as you were created to be.