Gospel Reflection | Seventh Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reading

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know you, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”
Jn 17:1-11a

Gospel Reflection

Praised be Jesus Christ!

In the Gospel for this Sunday, we hear the prayer of Jesus Christ before His Passion. In it, He prays for us that we may have eternal life.

Christ also gives us the path to attain eternal life. The first step is a deep relationship with God. From this important relationship, we start to long for eternal life in a deep and personal way, for we long to be with God forever in paradise.

The question becomes how can we develop this mature and intimate relationship with God? The first step is an active prayer life. It is by a daily prayer life that we foster our relationship with God and grow in love of Him.

As we draw closer to Pentecost, let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide our prayer life so that it can bear fruit and prepare us for the life of heaven.

As always, know of my prayers before Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament!

+Bishop Schlert


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