Grace and peace to you in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Below please find the reading from Acts and the reading from John for the 7 th Sunday in Easter. In addition, I attached a handout with commentary and reflection questions you may find useful in you reading though the text. As always, there will be information you already know, information causing you to reconsider some preconceived ideas, and information you may find initially challenging or unsettling. Know that your immersion in, and journey through, scripture is an ongoing, unfolding journey whereby you grow in understanding Gods love for you and for all of creation.
We also remember this Memorial Day weekend, the many who have served and the many who gave their lives for others.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A
Prayer of the Day
O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand.
Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn
into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading: Acts 1:6-14
Today’s reading is part of the introduction to the narrative of the outpouring of the Spirit on
Pentecost. These verses tell of the risen Lord’s conversation with his disciples on the eve of
his ascension, in which he promises that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit.
6 When [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when
you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or
periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the
Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he
was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were
gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said,
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been
taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room
upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and
Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and
Judas son of James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together
with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
Gospel: John 17:1-11
On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus prays to his heavenly Father, asking that those
who continue his work in this world will live in unity.
1 After Jesus had spoken these words [to his disciples], he looked up to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you
have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom
you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So
now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence
before the world existed.
6 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were
yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that
everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given
to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they
have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of
the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are
yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in
the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in
your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”
Seventh Sunday of Easter (A) – John 17:1-11
Discipleship: An Instrument of Wisdom
Focus Question: This week how might you be an instrument of wisdom?
word of life
“And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.
Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as
we are one.” John 17:11 (NRSV)
Read John 17:1-11
Jesus prays throughout his life, but the prayers he offers at the end of his life are particularly
noteworthy. The prayer at the Garden of Gethsemane following his last supper with his disciples
is offered as he waits for Judas to betray him and the guards to arrest him. His prayer in the
garden is, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what
you want.” (Matthew 26:39 NRSV. See Luke 22:39-42; Mark 14:32-36)
The Gospel of John does not include the scene of the Garden of Gethsemane. Some Biblical
scholars understand the prayer in John 17 to be parallel to the one Jesus prays at Gethsemane.
word among us
Christian had spent hours and hours throwing a baseball to his son. In the beginning, his son had
difficulty focusing on the ball. Instead, the boy would be distracted by butterflies and bugs.
Christian had little hope his son would share his own love for the game. But around the age of
twelve, Christian’s son entered a zone. He lived and breathed baseball. Christian beamed at his
son’s first home run and later, at his first no-hitter. As people patted Christian on his back, he
shook his head and pointed to his son.
Pray each day the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.