I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Reflection by Janet Derby
When our son Matthew was growing up, he was always tall for his age. When his dad dropped him off in the carpool line for his first day of kindergarten, there were adult helpers showing all the little ones how to get to their classroom. Ken noticed that no one was coming to Matt’s aid, presumably because they thought that he was old enough to know where he was going. So, he leaned out the window to ask that someone help Matt find his way. As parents, we are always concerned when our children venture into an unknown and new situation and we cannot physically be there to guide them. Jesus shows that same desire in this passage as he asks for God’s protection for his disciples, who are facing a world without him. We can be assured that God will care for both us and our children in the same way.
Thank you for always watching out for us as we are in the world. Help us to watch out for others in the same caring way. Amen.