Let me tell you about my Dad. I have always said there is nothing my Dad can't fix. When I was young, it never occurred to me just how gifted he was. I've seen him fix cars inside and out, I've seen him lay brick, finish concrete, redo kitchen cabinets, rewire rooms, repair furniture, install flooring and the list goes on. Here he is during our kitchen remodel.
My many fix-it abilities reveal a lot about my experience of being Joe "Pap Pap" Killian's son. That kind of revelation is the essence of this week's Gospel.
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
"I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you." John 17:1-11
This prayer encapsulates Jesus' relationship with His Father. It also clearly defines Jesus' purpose which was to "give eternal life to all His Father gave Him." Jesus revealed His Father to the world because eternal life comes from knowing God the Father, the only true God. This knowing is rooted in love and is deeply personal.
Jesus came to reveal His Father and out of love for Him suffered and died to fix broken, fallen humanity's way back to His Father. In other words, Jesus spread His arms and allowed Himself to be nailed to the cross so you and I could meet His Dad.