7th Sunday of Easter
We’ve come to the last Sunday of Easter, concluding the great Week of Weeks. The gospel message couldn’t be more appropriate or more powerful as we anticipate the feast of Pentecost. The passage is taken from Jesus’ prayer for his disciples at the Last Supper. They’re the last words he spoke to them before his arrest. Thus, he prayed: Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.
In a few hours, Jesus would give witness to Pilate. He boldly declared; I came into the world the testify to the truth. Jesus not only testified to the truth, but he is also the truth, the very Word of God made flesh. He stood in confrontation with the world that hates the truth — the religious leadership that condemned him and the politicians that executed him. From the judgment seat of the cross, he would judge them. And from that same judgment seat, he would redeem them.
Jesus continued his prayer. As you sent me into the world, so I send them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them so that they also may be consecrated in truth. Jesus’ prayer reached far beyond the supper table. He was praying for you and me. He was consecrating us in the truth, just as he consecrated those first disciples.
Thus consecrated, we’re to carry Christ, the truth, into a world that doesn’t know truth. We’re the yeast he folded into a bowl of flour. The yeast will coax the flour to become the bread of life. Dying to ourselves, we’ll show the way; we’ll reveal the truth; we’ll celebrate new life.
Ending the prayer, Jesus said: I made known to them your name, and I will make it known that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them. God’s love will conquer the world with him in us and slowly transform it into the kingdom.
Let Us Pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the vine, and we are your branches. Consecrate us in the truth that the world might drink the new wine of your kingdom. Amen.
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