Seventh Sunday of Easter
5:30 Vigil Mass
Saturday, May 15, 2021
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THAT THEY MAY BE ONE
May 16, 2021
This Sunday’s Gospel passage is one of the few times when we are allowed into the personal prayer of Jesus. We are told at different times in the Gospels that He went off to pray, but in this passage we actually hear His prayer.
This prayer of Jesus occurs at the end of the long Last Supper discourse in John’s Gospel. John, who writes many years later gives this beautiful prayer. He prayed this prayer before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prays aloud in front of His disciples. He prays for unity among all His disciples – that they may be one. He prays not only for the disciples with Him at the table, but also for those who will believe in Him through their words.
Our Lord understands the struggle His disciples will have in order to live according to the Gospel when everything and everyone in the “world” seems to stand against them. He also understands my struggle and your personal struggle to live as His disciple in our world today. His words in this prayer assure us of His care and encouragement. As we and the Church struggle with the tension between the word and our world today, we can be encouraged by the Gospel’s assurance that Jesus prays for us now and always.
Take notice of what Jesus is praying for with His disciples. He prays that we may experience the same unity He shares with His Father. He prays that we share in His joy. He prays for our protection in a hostile world. He prays that we may be consecrated to the truth. (Remember, Jesus has already told His disciples that He is the Truth.)
When you think about what Jesus is praying for each of us, and you remember He is but hours from His death, then we can really see how much He loves us. He is literally telling His Father – Our Father – to take care of us, protect us, consecrate us, and guard us. We need to always remember that Jesus is praying for us now as we go about continuing His work. He reminds us that as we live our faith He is with us. Jesus reminds us that He gives Himself totally to His task of salvation that you and I may be made sacred in His truth. What a gift He has given us.
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
5:30 Vigil Mass
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
REMEMBER TO KEEP HOLY THE LORD’S DAY.
KEEP THE SABBATH.
WORSHIP GOD FOR YOUR OWN SAKE.