Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 20:28-38, Psalm 68:29-30, 33-36, & John 17:11b-19
Saint Paul Writing His Epistles attributed to Valentin de Boulogne (1591–1632).
Sisters and brothers, we are rapidly coming to the end of the Easter season. I find it a bit sad since I thoroughly enjoy the readings and written reflections from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of Saint John. I have heard that some refer to Acts as the “Gospel of the Holy Spirit.” Indeed it is. It is full of wonderful stories of how the Holy Spirit inspired and worked through the apostles and converted many to “The Way.”
Additionally, how can you not love the dissertations of Jesus in John’s Gospel? Through Saint John, Jesus tells us that; He is the Vine, He is the Good Shepherd, and most importantly, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Today, we hear Saint Paul pray with the disciples he is leaving behind. Jesus prays for His apostles He will soon leave behind and prays for us as well. Jesus is praying for all of us; what a beautiful and comforting thought. Both Paul and Jesus ask for alertness. They admit it will not be easy, and there will be people and situations that pull us away from our efforts to be holy. It is hard work, and we must always be conscious and attentive to our thoughts and actions. We are observant of our actions through acts of love, kindness, and friendship towards others.
This Sunday, we will celebrate the birth of the Church. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit of God will heal our wounds, so our strength is restored as God’s people, and we all can continue to do His work through love and friendship.
Question of the Day: As we end this Easter season, how will you renew your friendship with God and others?
Prayer: Most loving Jesus, strengthen my trust in You. Help me to bear patiently everything that Your holy will asks of me. Amen.