Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.
Reflection from Minister Tina Shelton:
How many times have you heard siblings in jest say the words, "what's mine is yours and what's yours is mine" when they want a bite of the cake off their brother or sister's plate. Or perhaps you've heard spouses use the same reasoning when it comes to their bank account, just before going on a shopping spree, to which the other spouse chuckles.
In this passage, Jesus takes 'what's mine is yours and what's yours is mine ' quite seriously. It's not a manipulation ploy to get what he wants, it's a declaration of what is. Those whom God has placed in Jesus' care belong to God, and thus Jesus sees them as belonging to him as well.
He's praying to God on behalf of those who will remain on earth after his resurrection, telling God in essence he's done what he was assigned: He's given them God's word; he protected them and kept them safe; he's loved them wholeheartedly and unconditionally.
Now as he prepares to take his leave, he places their loved ones back into God's care, asking God to continue to protect them and watch over them by the power of Jesus' name. (v.11)
Amazing, here we are on earth playing games with 'what's mine is yours and what's yours is mine' but within the Trinity, this is this is a very beautiful and fluid dance. It's something to aspire to--loving, living, moving deeply in expression of care, justice and compassion... I could say so much more...
As we meditate on your Word, may its meaning sink into our hearts and transform our lives. May we find great comfort in the love that Jesus confesses as he prays to God on our behalf. May we be inspired by the relationship between the God and Jesus and may we learn to love more deeply than we have done before.
In Jesus Name, Amen.