7th Sunday of Easter Year C by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah 

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7th Sunday of Easter Year C by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

 

1st Reading Acts 7:55-60

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 97

2nd Reading Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

Gospel John 17:20-26

 

Theme: “That they maybe one’

 

Introduction

 

How do you feel when someone prays out loud for you? When I asked a few friends this question, these words surfaced: comforted, vulnerable, grateful, honored, humbled, awkward but appreciative, like someone really cares. This is exactly what we read from today’s liturgy.

 

Explanation of the text

 

The John 17 prayer is also known as Jesus’ Last Will and Testament, because it represents Jesus’ provision for the disciples’ needs on the eve of his death. This prayer, prayed by Jesus just prior to his death, is often called his High Priestly Prayer, because he intercedes with God in behalf of the disciples, present and future.

 

Being the subject of another’s prayer. We are so obviously not in control as we listen to people pray for us. They, not we, are the ones doing the asking, and God, not we, is the one answering the prayer. The content of the prayer is equally humbling and honoring. At the center of the prayer in John 17 is the relationship that the first and second members of the Trinity share and the work of the Son, as a result of the Father’s sending (verse 8), to draw everyone into that relationship.

 

Throughout his ministry, Jesus has made known that One whom he knows so well. Now, Jesus prays, “As you Father are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us…” (John 17:21). Jesus prays that those who follow him may be drawn into the life of the Holy Trinity.

 

Beloved in Christ, Jesus prays for the unity of his followers and those who are yet to believe. The truth of the matter is that unity is everything. Our world today is polarized from political bigotry to religious fanaticism and errant morality. We are so much divided on the grounds of colour, race, gender, tribes, religion, philosophies, idealisms etc.

 

Jesus’ priestly prayer is so relevant today and that’s what the world yearns for. What the world needs now is love and unity. In our first reading Stephen prays for forgiveness of his killers as he commends his spirit into the hands of the Lord. Thus right at the heart of the love and unity is the willingness and the desire to forgive. We cannot keep on with the grudges and wanton hatred if sincerely we want to make this world a better place.

 

It is something that all must desire. This what the second reading means by: “let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water or life without price”. We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond. We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. Remember, unity without verity is no better than conspiracy.

 

Source

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