Easter Week 7

& archive, Year A.

Prayer before reading:

Lord Jesus Christ,
You  call us to come
To be with you.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear you,
To receive your Spirit,
To be led by your Spirit.

Amen

Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture.

Season of Easter: Seventh Sunday

Our gospel companions invite us to linger with them in the upper room as Jesus talks intimately with them about what is about to happen to him, and as he offers them guidance to companion and shed light on what will be a dark and difficult pathway for them over the next few days and weeks (John 13:31 – 16:33). First, Jesus  talks about his departure. He listens to their questions, calms their fears, and assures them that he is not leaving them as orphans. While they will not be able to follow him now to where he is going – through death and to his Father in heaven – he will be sending the Holy Spirit. In this way Jesus will be making his home within and among them as they continue the work of Jesus in the world.

Jesus also speaks words of comfort and guidance to bring comfort, strength, and light into dark places on the journey when they will suffer the world’s hatred and persecution because of their love and loyalty to him.  The same Holy Spirit will be with them in those difficult times, to guide and help them just as Jesus is doing so now. This same Holy Spirit will be at work among persons caught in the web of the world’s system—nudging them, helping them see how distorted the world’s ways are about the things that really matter, and awakening their soul to God.

Jesus now looks heavenward, and begins to pray. Listen deeply as he enters into conversation with Abba shortly before his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane (John 17:1-11).

He has lived his life in a posture of grace, of trust and givenness:  What Abba has given him he has passed on to others. Jesus has not lived and served alone, or out of his own ideas. Always there has been this grace-filled flow and connection between him and God, enabled by the Holy Spirit. He has always lived in union with Abba.

And now he prays for his followers (then and now; we are all one) for what has been given by God to Jesus, is now given to us. We too enter into this grace-filled stream of God’s loving heart and design. We too are invited to live into this oneness with Jesus, with God, and with each other, to know that we never live or serve alone, that we are companioned and led, given what we need as we need it.

As Jesus prays, listen deeply.

What do you hear?

What is your response?

Season of Easter:  Seventh Sunday

5/30    Monday:  John 17:1-11
5/31    Tuesday:  Luke 24:44-53
6/1       Wednesday:  Psalm 47
6/2       Thursday, Ascension of the Lord:  Acts 1:1-14
6/3       Friday:  Ephesians 1:15-23
6/4       Saturday:  John 17:1-8
6/5       Sunday:  John 17:9-11