Today is Tuesday the 3rd of June, in the Seventh Week of Easter.

In our journeying this day, keep us, Father, in your way. Let me make this my prayer today:  to know God’s closeness to me, here, right now, and never to lose sight of it;   to let myself be loved, enlivened and guided by God.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.

Jesus realises he may well soon face suffering and death – so he now prays with great feeling to God his Father – "Father”, he says, “the hour has come, glorify your Son so your Son may glorify you.” Can I get in touch with the feelings of Jesus at that moment, as I hear these words now? How do I feel as I reflect on them?

Jesus continues with great concern for us as he prays: “(Father) … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ who you have sent.”   Sometimes it’s hard to find meaning in life: eternal life.   It’s hard to realise God's love for me and others.   I wait patiently for God to show me how deeply he loves and cares for me.

Hear Jesus say, “All mine are yours, and yours are mine…..”  I let the example of Jesus' love for his Father and for others seep into my heart.

As the reading is repeated, I may notice again the closeness of Jesus with the Father.  I notice his deep concern for his Apostles (and by implication me).   I allow him to touch my heart and my desires.

Maybe this prompts me to think of someone I know who is searching, but seems to have lost touch with God.   Or someone who is having a hard time?   Perhaps I can ask the Lord to show me how I can be of help – today, if an opportunity occurs?