Sermon Introduction –
The culture of Jesus’ day was all about hierarchies, who was in and who was not, who had power and who did not. Jesus flips the script to remind his disciples and us that as God is connected to Jesus, and Jesus to us, we are ONE.
Introduction to Readings –
It is possible to hear in Jesus’ high priestly prayer, a prayer he offered shortly before his death, the petitions of the ascended Christ for his own throughout history—to our day—and beyond. Jesus prays for us. In holy baptism we become believers in God, have our robes washed in the flood of Christ’s forgiveness, and receive the gift of life forever with all the saints.