May 17, 2015

7TH Sunday of Easter


mp 18Hanna Cheriyan Varghese,Malaysia, “Christ and Thomas”First Reading:  Acts 1: 15-17.20a.20c-26
“So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us… —one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.”


Second Reading:  1Jn 4: 11-16
“God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.”


Gospel:  Jn 17: 11b-19
“Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one… As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”



mp 19Bénédite de la Roncière, Nigeria, Africa “Easter”On this Sunday, we listen to the prayer that Jesus addresses to the Father on our behalf.
Jesus prays: “Holy Father, protect them in Your name that you have given me so that they may be one, as we are one.”
Jesus became man for us, so that we may enter into a relationship with the Father and so that we may be one with Him. The name of the Father is already known in the Old Testament. The voice in the burning bush says to Moses: “I am who I am”. Yes, He is for us. It means that the Father loves all humanity.  If we open our heart to this love and allow it to fill us up, we are one with the Father and the Son, by means of the Holy Spirit. And then we will be joyful in our fullness. With that joy that Jesus Christ obtained by way of his arrival, his words, his actions, his life, his suffering, his death and his resurrection. This joy and this love remain in us, if we allow God to grant them to us continually. For this reason, we must do our best to keep our hearts open and ready. Neither profit nor work allows us to have this love. Instead, it is humility, surrendering and trust in the Lord that prepare our hearts. God’s love is not given to us only for ourselves, rather it is given to us so that we give it to others, so that we become apostles, witnesses for our sisters, for the people we meet on the street, and for the poor whom we are seeking.
    mp 20Christel Holl, Germany “Pentecost”And then Jesus prays again: “Just as you sent me into the world, I too am sending them into the world;  I consecrate myself on their behalf so that they can also be consecrated in truth.” It is liberating that Jesus prays to the Father for us. Once again we realize and experience that by our efforts alone we are not capable of bringing about salvation. But if we allow ourselves to be guided through the Holy Spirit into the space of love, into God’s truth, into communion with the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, then God, by way of our own love, can bring faith and salvation to humanity.

How can I prepare my heart to know how to welcome God’s love?

Do I bring the name of God, love and joy to my fellow sisters and to the people to whom I have been sent?

Closing Prayer

Holy Father, send unto us your Spirit: Help us to be Apostles of the Resurrection, witnesses of your love, and instruments of salvation and healing for all humanity. For Christ our Lord.


Contributed by the Poor Sisters of St. Francis - Aachen

Published: May, 15, 2015