Chapter 17 of St. John is referred to by scholars as the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. In the last moments before entering his passion Jesus prayed for his disciples. I pray for them. The notion of praying for someone is almost a commonplace in Church circles. Someone is in grief, someone is sick, someone is hurting: “I will pray for you.” Praying for others exposes the limitations of contemporary “transactional culture.” When we pray for others we are not seeking to get anything for ourselves. Rather, we are thinking of, acting for the good of the other. By doing so we are in solidarity with God who gives of the divine self in creation and redemption simply as a gift for us who need it.