Seventh Sunday of Easter

Intention: For all seniors who are graduating from Lasallian schools this year, that they may be blessed with fulfilling futures, living their lives as instruments of God’s loving and saving presence to the world.

Today’s Gospel | John 17:1-11a

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.”

From the Fifteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

God is so good that he does not leave unrewarded the good work that is done for him and the service that is rendered to him, especially for the salvation of souls. If it is true that God rewards so generously even in this world those who have left all things for him, that they receive a hundredfold in this life, with how much more reason will God reward even in this present time those who have devoted themselves with zeal to spread his kingdom!

…Oh, how fortunate you ought to consider it to be working in the field of the Lord, for our Lord says that the reaper will infallibly receive his reward!

For the future, then, be devoted with zeal and affection to your work, because it will be one of the most helpful ways to assure your salvation.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son’s commission to his disciples was to proclaim his good news so that that all people might come to know you and believe.  We pray that we might use our lives to help move our world closer to being your Kingdom.  Teach us to see and love each other better, to wash away selfishness and ignorance from our lives.  May we walk with one another into the light of your healing and truth.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.