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Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter - 2013

Zephaniah 3:17: The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we pray that when the storms of life rage against us, we will remember these words and find refuge, comfort and peace in your sheltering care. Make us aware, O God, of your singing in our life as you make your salvation more clearly to us each day. Through our Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (May 16, 2013)
Day: Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
First Reading: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: John 17:20-26
Lectionary: 300
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 17:20-26
20"I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory which you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which you have given me in your love for me before the foundation of the world. 25O righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus’ prayer on the eve of his sacrifice shows the immense love and trust he had for his beloved disciples. He knew they would desert him in his hour of trial, yet he entrusted to them the great task of dispersal his name throughout the world and to the end of the ages. The Lord Jesus assign us today with the same mission - to make him known and loved by all. Jesus died and rose again that all strength be one as he and the Father are one. Do we love and accept all baptized Christians as your brothers and sisters in Christ? Heavenly Father, have mercy on all your people and heal the separations in the body of Jesus. May all Christian people throughout the world attain the harmony for which Jesus prayed on the eve of his sacrifice. Renew in us the power of the Spirit that we may be a sign of that harmony and a means of its growth. Increase in us a fervent love for all our brothers and sisters in Jesus.


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