THE PRAYER OF THE HOUR OF JESUS
When “his hour” came, Jesus prayed to the Father.
prayer, the longest transmitted by the Gospel, embraces the whole
economy of creation and salvation, as well as his death and Resur
rection. The prayer of the Hour of Jesus always remains his own,
just as his Passover “once for all” remains ever present in the
liturgy of his Church.
Christian Tradition rightly calls this prayer the “priestly”
prayer of Jesus. It is the prayer of our high priest, inseparable
from his sacrifice, from his passing over (Passover) to the Father
to whom he is wholly “consecrated.”
In this Paschal and sacrificial prayer, everything is recapit
ulated in Christ:
God and the world; the Word and the flesh; eter
nal life and time; the love that hands itself over and the sin that
betrays it; the disciples present and those who will believe in him
by their word; humiliation and glory. It is the prayer of unity.
Jesus fulfilled the work of the Father completely; his
prayer, like his sacrifice, extends until the end of time. The prayer
of this hour fills the end-times and carries them toward their
consummation. Jesus, the Son to whom the Father has given all
things, has given himself wholly back to the Father, yet expresses
himself with a sovereign freedom
by virtue of the power the Fa
ther has given him over all flesh. The Son, who made himself Ser
vant, is Lord, the
Our high priest who prays for us is
also the one who prays in us and the God who hears our prayer.
By entering into the holy name of the Lord Jesus we can
accept, from within, the prayer he teaches us: “Our Father!” His
priestly prayer fulfills, fromwithin, the great petitions of the Lord’s
Prayer: concern for the Father’s name;
passionate zeal for his
the accomplishment of the will of the Father, of
his plan of salvation;
and deliverance from evil.
17:11, 13, 19.
17:11, 13, 19, 24.
17:6, 11, 12, 26.
17:1, 5, 10, 22, 23-26.
17:2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 24.