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Seventh Sunday of Easter time, year C

Posté par diaconos le 29 mai 2019

To be on in God.png 180The last week of Easter time will begin next Sunday. All the readings of this Sunday’s Mass will emphasize prayer. To pray, we see it through these examples of Scripture, is first of all to desire for ourselves what we ask of God and to offer ourselves to him to realize it. When we pray to the Lord, at the time of the anamnesis, saying to him: « Come Lord Jesus », do we really desire it? What does this change in the way we live, think, love others? For it is love that is at stake, as Jesus reminds us in the Gospel. We can only desire the Lord by wanting to love like him! Here are the readings for next Sunday, some comments.

Gospel

17:20 « I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word,

17:21 that 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.

17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,

17:23 I 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.

17:24 Father, 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.

17:25 « Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me.

17:26 I 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. » (Jn 17, 20-26)

Homily  To be one in God !

In the playground, three kids were talking : « My daddy, he’s strong!… you’d see that! « said the first. « And mine is very intelligent, very learned… he’s an engineer at the Tihange nuclear power plant… », replied the second. The third to add: « Mine, he has many decorations… he is an officer, a soldier from the Flawinne barracks: he and his comrades-in-arms, work with KFOR to build peace in troubled areas. »

You’ve all heard, these kids’ discussions where everyone, when talking about their father, tries to raise money on the boyfriend to have a reason to be even prouder than he is of his father, proud to be the son of such a father. Jesus, He did not want to reserve for himself exclusively his glory as Son of God, the glory, the pride of having God Himself as Father : He wanted, as much as possible, to associate us with this glory, this pride, as He wants us to share in the love that the Father has for Him.

He wants us to share in the joy that He tastes with the Father : « Father, I want those whom you have given me (first the disciples, then the other believers) to be with Me where I am… I gave them the glory you gave me… I have revealed to them your Name (your Father’s Name) so that the love with which you loved me may be in them ! « .    (Jn 17,24-26)

This is what Jesus is asking for all of us believers in this prayer of thanksgiving after the first of all Masses on Holy Thursday. What an honor! What glory! How fortunate: to have God Himself as Father.  It is the glory, the pride of Jesus Christ, it is ours, since he kindly made us participate in his divine sonship.

Communication skills are essential. What is the meaning of this communication in God’s plan ? Jesus sent his disciples to communicate his message to all nations. And today’s Gospel gives us the most beautiful example of Jesus’ communication: his communication with his Father, first in his prayer at the Last Supper, then shared with his disciples during that same meal.

These communications of Jesus advance around two themes: that of love and that of unity. These two themes are related to each other and are inseparable. The ultimate vocation of all humanity is to be one in God: « May they also be one in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me » (Jn 1, 21b)

There is no love and there is no unity without communication, without sharing. Unity is first of all sharing and reciprocity. « You in me and I in you »: this is the object of Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples. How can we believe that the death of Christ can bring together in unity, around the Father, the scattered children of God, if the persons who are members of the local Church are not united ?

What spectacle do we offer in our families, our teams, our Christian community : that of people united in the same love, the same respect for others and their personality or that of people deeply divided ? Everything that promotes unity, cooperation, understanding and love between people, groups and nations comes from God and everything that creates or sustains divisions, mistrust, fear, confrontation comes from the demon.

Unity always directs us towards respect for others. It is the work of the Holy Spirit. O God, Our Father, gather us together in unity and make us welcoming to Your Word !
Amen.

Please receive my friendly and fraternal greetings, dear friends.

Michel Houyoux, permanent deacon

  External links

◊ Righteousness → Union With God – Righteousness

◊ Confucius – Heaven means to be one with God  →To be one in god !

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