MAY 18. EASTER. Wk 7. Tue. Jn 17. 1-11
Updated: Sep 5
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
‘Father, the hour has come:
glorify your Son
so that your Son may glorify you;
and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him,
let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.
And eternal life is this:
to know you,
the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I have glorified you on earth
and finished the work that you gave me to do.
Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me
with that glory I had with you
before ever the world was.
I have made your name known
to the men you took from the world to give me.
They were yours and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now at last they know
that all you have given me comes indeed from you;
for I have given them the teaching you gave to me,
and they have truly accepted this, that I came from you,
and have believed that it was you who sent me.
I pray for them;
I am not praying for the world
but for those you have given me,
because they belong to you:
all I have is yours
and all you have is mine,
and in them I am glorified.
I am not in the world any longer,
but they are in the world,
and I am coming to you.’
This text contains a solemn pronouncement from Jesus Christ; - ‘Father, the time has come!’
The “time” referred to was his Passion and Death when; - to those watching the events, was a ‘time’ of complete failure. The one who had promised a new “Kingdom” was to be nailed to a Cross and die, hung between two criminals. And yet, as time would show, it was Christ’s finest hour; - the ‘time’ that demonstrated, beyond doubt, he was God; - and that the Faith he had taught, lived, and proclaimed, was the truth; - in which all people could place their trust!
Christ’s Passion, and Death, is the ultimate demonstration that “the ways of the world” and “the ways of God” are totally opposed, with the world; - even today; - seeing Christ’s death as a total failure; - while those of Faith see it as evidence of God’s Love; - and proof; - via his Resurrection; - that everything he proclaimed was true; - and needed to be believed!
Gospel Acclamation Jn14:16
The Father will send you the Holy Spirit, says the Lord,
to be with you for ever.
First reading Acts 20:17-27 ·
I have without faltering put before you the whole of God's purpose
From Miletus Paul sent for the elders of the church of Ephesus. When they arrived he addressed these words to them:
‘You know what my way of life has been ever since the first day I set foot among you in Asia, how I have served the Lord in all humility, with all the sorrows and trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews. I have not hesitated to do anything that would be helpful to you; I have preached to you, and instructed you both in public and in your homes, urging both Jews and Greeks to turn to God and to believe in our Lord Jesus.
‘And now you see me a prisoner already in spirit; I am on my way to Jerusalem, but have no idea what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit, in town after town, has made it clear enough that imprisonment and persecution await me. But life to me is not a thing to waste words on, provided that when I finish my race I have carried out the mission the Lord Jesus gave me – and that was to bear witness to the Good News of God’s grace.
‘I now feel sure that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will ever see my face again. And so here and now I swear that my conscience is clear as far as all of you are concerned, for I have without faltering put before you the whole of God’s purpose.’