Acts of the Apostles 20:17-27.
When they came to him, he addressed them, "You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.
I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews, and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes.
I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus.
But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me.
Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God's grace.
"But now I know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face again.
And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you,
for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God."
A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
you restored the land when it languished;
your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy.
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 17:1-11a.
just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he 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. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are."
“I have given you glory on earth by
finishing the work you gave me to do.”
finishing the work you gave me to do.”
“I have made your name known to those you gave me.” In the Savior’s thinking, these words include all who were to believe in him as members of the Great Church, which is made up of all nations and of which the psalmist said: “I will utter praise in the vast assembly.” (Ps 22:26) So it is truly this glorification by which the Son gives glory to the Father, spreading knowledge of his name among the nations and to the countless generations of human beings. Thus, when he said: “I have made your name known to those you gave me”, this refers to what precedes it: “I have given you glory on earth…”
“I have made your name known to those you gave me”: not his name as God, but as Father. That name could not be made known without the manifestation of the Son. For even before believing in Jesus Christ, there was not a single people that did not have a certain knowledge of God as the God of all of creation. For such is the power of the true God that he could not be absolutely hidden to a creature with reason who wants to make use of his mind. Except for a small number of individuals whose nature has really become depraved, the whole human race recognizes God as the author of this world… But the name "Father of Jesus Christ," through whom he takes away the sin of the world, was not known at all, and that is the name the Lord makes known to those whom the Father gave him.