Gospel thought for today – 7th Sunday of Eastertide Sunday 24th May 2020


Gospel Reading – 17: 1-11

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

The Gospel of the Lord

The Mass intention is for Wiktor Jezo RIP

In our gospel today, Jesus, once again bids farewell to his disciples. And we have all at sometime or other had to say farewell to people in our own lives and the pain and upset that it causes. So we can fully understand how Jesus disciples felt at his departure from them.

What’s interesting to note is, that Jesus, far from ignoring or making light of their feelings, he responds to them with words that warm their heart’s and uplifts their spirits. Jesus affirms them that he will not leave them as orphans, but he will come back to them, Jesus tells them you will see me, because I live and you will live. The face of God we see in Jesus is the face of one who wants to be with his people always until the end of time.

• How do experience Christ’s enduring presence in your life, allow yourself to hear Jesus calling you by name?

• How do you witness to Christ’s love to the ends of the earth.