He loved them to the end
When He says His own who are in the world it is
because He has His own in Heaven and not only in
the world like angels and spirits of the virtuous.
He loved His own who are in the world
applies to both testaments the old and the new.
Really, The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein. (PS 24:1).
Everyone are His creation and made by His hands yet
He has a specific some whom He calls His own.
His special ones are those who lived for Him in
the Old Testament like Abraham the father of fathers,
Jacob whom was said about him in the bible: God
loved Jacob, Prophet Moses and the Twelve Tribes.
Many of the prophets where God’s special ones.
He loved His own in the world, meaning that
when God burnt Sodom He said: “Shall I hide from
Abraham what I am doing” (Gn 18:17) and starting
speaking with Abraham his slave. This how is the
relation between God and His own.
Also when Israeli people built the Golden Calf and
God wanted to consume them, He first talked to
Moses and told him: “let Me alone, that My wrath may
burn hot against them and I may consume them.” (Ex
32:10). Can your servant Moses, O Lord, interfere in
Your will? But the Lord did not want to consume them
unless Moses agrees with it, and Moses did not agree
“So the LORD relented from the harm which He said
He would do to His people” (Ex 32:14). How amazing
is Your love to Your own, O Lord!!
The Lord loved His own who are in the world, He
loved them to the end to the extent that He gave
Himself for them, but there was a love also while they
are in the world, like the bible said: “My little
children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in
deed and in truth.” (1 Jn 3:18). He loved them to the
end indeed and for real.
His own in the Old Testament were known like the
big characters, and in the New Testament His own
were the twelve disciples but they were not the only,
there was also the seventy apostles and after that
among His own there was also Lazarus whom He
loved and cried at the place of his death.
And no doubt, among His own, there was
also the Lady Virgin Mary, His mother.
And among His own there were some female
characters who followed Him and spent from their
money on Him (Lk 8).
Also became of His own the thief on the right on
the cross and He told him: “today you will be with Me
in Paradise” (Lk 23:43).
Also firstborns in the Old Testament where
of His own.
He said “Consecrate to Me all the firstborn,
whatever opens the womb among the children of
Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine” (Ex 13:2).
And after that He replaced firstborns with
Leviticus and priests. Those are His own.
And God’s anointed ones were also among
Even the twelve whom He loved, there was
three of them who were special for Him and
they were John, James and Peter, and with those
He had special meetings and in the Transfiguration
miracle He had only those three with Him, those were
among His own whom He loved to the end.
Later on, Saul of Tarsus became of His own and
He appeared to him and called him to become an
apostle for the nations. Then He appeared to him
again and told him go far to the nations. A third time
he told him to go to Jerusalem and he had many
visions between him and God.
He loved His own who are in the world to the
He loved His own who left everything and
followed Him. They left the father, the mother, sisters
and brothers and the house and followed Him.
In the Old Testament, Abraham went after Him
without knowing to where he was going.
And in the New Testament, the apostles left the
nets and the fishing and Mathew left the tax office,
they left everything and followed Him.
They believed in Him and accompanied Him and
told Him once: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have
the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).
Those, His own, listened to His teachings and
carried His message. There is a fictional story that
says that when God ascended to Heaven, angels met
Him and asked Him: God, did you spread the faith in
the whole world? He said: No. So they said: Did you
spread the faith in Jewish land, in all of Jerusalem?
He said: No. So they said: What did You do? He said:
I prepared 12 and they will spread the faith in the
whole world. Because these are the ones who were
filled with every grace, every blessing and every
power from the Lord and He entrusted them with His
church so that they build God’s Kingdom on the
These are His own who preached His name and
suffered for Him and when they were set before
councils they said: “We ought to obey God rather
than men” (Ac 5:29).
These people had special spirituality level and
they were strong in spirit.
In addition to them, He chose the seventy
And I wish each one of us asks himself: Am I
among the Lord’s own? Do the conditions that applied
on the disciples apply on me even in limits of my
capability, am I of the world’s own or am I selfcentered
away from God?
He loved His own who are in the world, therefore
in His prayer to the Father in (Jn 17) He repeated the
sentence “whom You have given Me out of the world.
They were Yours, You gave them to Me”
I wish the statement “His own” applies to us.
He loved them to the end and He Himself is
love, for God is love.
If the Lord, Christ, loved His enemies and prayed
for them at the time of the crucifix and said: “Father,
forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Lk
23:34), so how much does He love His own this love!
He loved them, so He first chose them and told
them “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (Jn
We also ask ourselves, God, are we among your
chosen ones? Did You chose us like You chose them?
And do You want to use us in work similar to how You
He chose them in spite of their past, He made
them fishers of men, called them His friends, called
them His stewards and trained them in a service
missionary first as was mentioned in (Mt 10). He sent
them and gave them power over demons and gave
them some advices saying: “Provide neither gold nor
silver nor copper in your money belts” (Mt 10:9),
“And when you go into a household, greet it.” (Mt10,
12) and “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Mt
And the seventy whom He sent also and trained
them to serve for when then rejoiced and said “Lord,
even the demons are subject to us in Your name” (Lk
10:17) He said to them: “Nevertheless do not rejoice
in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather
rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
He trained them to serve in the miracle of
five bread loaves and two fishes.
He taught them to give people “You give them
something to eat.” (Mt 14:16)
He taught them order saying “make them all sit
down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down
in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties” (Mk 6:39, 40).
And taught them how to love others and
trained them also on loving children and said
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe
in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone
were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in
the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18:6) and told them
“unless you are converted and become as little
children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of
heaven” (Mt 18:3).
He taught them many things and broke boarders
between them and Himself. And lived with them in
simplicity, easting with them and drinking with them.
And St. John the beloved said about Him: “which we
have looked upon, and our hands have handled” (1 Jn
He lived with them as a friend and gave them the
chance to hear all His teachings; He gave them the
chance to witness all His miracles while He wandered
doing good deeds, healing every sickness and
weakness in the people.
He made an example of Himself for them when
He washed their feet and told them “I have given you
an example, that you should do as I have done to
you” (Jn 13:15).
He said to the Father about them: “Those whom
You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost
except the son of perdition” (Jn 17:12). And He said
“and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's
hand” (Jn 10:29).
And those who He loved, He gave them power
over all demons, gave them gifts and granted them
the Holy Spirit to live in them forever and to teach
them all the right. He loved them to the end.
He gave them priesthood and granted them
the right to hold the Eucharist Sacrament.
And gave them the gifts of the Holy Spirit. One of
the greatest words that was said about Him loving
them to the end that He said to the Father: “And the
glory which You gave Me I have given them” (Jn
17:22) of course with limits. And He said “I desire
that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me
where I am, that they may behold My glory which You
have given Me” (Jn 17:24). And said “I go to prepare
a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that
where I am, there you may be also” (Jn 14:2, 3).
Not only on Earth but in Heaven too. He told them
“you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve
thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Mt
He was with them and loved them to the end; He
comforted them in their tiredness and removed their
doubts when doubts hit them.
He talked with them about all the symbols that
came about Him in Moses and Prophets’ books as was
mentioned in Luke 24.
He spent with them after Resurrection forty days
talking about secrets of God’s Kingdoms and gave
them many promised out of His deep love to them.
And He defended them. This is the great love with
which He loved His own. And each one who become
of the Lord’s own will enjoy this love according to the
amount of grace that is given to him. Also the grace
that was given to them was one of the types of love
even St. Paul the Apostle said: “not I, but the grace
of God which was with me” (1 Co 15:10).
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