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Faith Daily | 20 May 2021


PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER SEVEN APBA p519


O God,

you withdraw from our sight

that you may be known by our love:

help us to enter the cloud where you are hidden,

and to surrender all our certainty

to the darkness of faith

in Jesus Christ.

Amen.



GOSPEL for the Day: John 17 20-26


20”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.


24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”



GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Peter Galbraith


What a chapter, And what a conclusion. 20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one...24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory,


Jesus prays that not only His words to those in His presence but those of the disciples (for whom He is praying) after Him, and those after them, will enable others yet unborn to become one with Him. Right down to our day and beyond.


The apostle Paul elaborates how this ‘one-ness’ will enfold both those who have lived at different times, and those who are alive at His return. 1 Thessalonians 4v 15-17.


15 For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died.16 For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever.


Perhaps with our minds ear we can hear the stirring words from Handel’s Messiah (From 1 Corinthians 15). “Behold I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible…”


Each week we affirm the three aspects encompassed in John 17: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.



FINAL PRAYER: for Pentecost, Camilo Torres, Columbia


We believe in a loving God,

whose Word sustains our lives

and the work of our hands in the universe.

God is life.

We believe in God’s son among us

who brought the seed of life’s renewal.

He lived with the poor to show the meaning of love.

Jesus Christ is Lord.

We believe in the Spirit of Life

who makes us one with God,

whose strength and energy renews our own.

The Spirit is love.

Amen





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