Homily of the Apostolic Nuncio, Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, Wednesday 5 June 2019
Gospel: John 17:11-19
We are now in the Novena of Pentecost, waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus says that the gift of the Holy Spirit is given only to those who ask for it in prayer. In the Cenacle, for nine days, from the Ascension to Pentecost, the Apostles persevered in prayer together with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and they obtained the abundance of the gift of the Holy Spirit. 
Today’s Gospel continues to place before us the Priestly Prayer of Jesus. It is a very opportune text to prepare ourselves during these days for the coming of the Holy Spirit in our life.
Everything which Jesus does in His life, He does in the Name of God. Jesus is the manifestation of the Name of God. The Name of God is Yahweh, JHWH. In the time of Jesus, this name was pronounced saying,  “Adonai,”  “Kyrios,”  “Lord.” In the discourse of Pentecost, Peter says that Jesus, because of His Resurrection, was constituted Lord. And Paul says that “every tongue should acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord to the glory of God, the Father”. 
It is the Name which is above all other names. the Name of God, took on a concrete face in Jesus of Nazareth! Substance of the Church, communion of the Church, unity of the Church has to form around this name. Jesus wants the unity of the communities in such a way that they can resist the world which hates them and persecutes them. Only the people united around the name of Jesus will never be conquered!
In a short time He will go away. The disciples continue in the world, but they must be consecrated in truth. That is, that they may be capable of dedicating their whole life only to giving witness of their life exclusively in Jesus and in God the Father.