Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 13, 2018

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11 (The Ascension of Our Lord)

Epistle: 1 John 5:9-15

Gospel: John 17:11b-19

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Seventh Sunday of Easter: Theme for Today’s Liturgy

Today we observe The Ascension of Our Lord in the Introit and the First Reading.  Jesus has “gone up with a shout” and promises the Holy Spirit to guide and nurture His church while we await His return (Introit, First Reading).  The Gospel for the Seventh Sunday of Easter reveals Christ the High Priest who prays that the Father would “keep them from the evil one” (Jn 17:15), consecrating himself for the sake of the disciples, “that they also may be sanctified in truth” (17:19).  Therefore, it is appropriate, as we await the return of our Lord, to reject the testimony of men and look to the greater testimony of God (Epistle, 1 Jn 5:9). The testimony of God alone is to be trusted, for it declares, “Whoever has the Son has life” (5:12). As we live, we have “this confidence . . . toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us” (5:14).  So we pray in the Collect that the Lord of Hosts who is “uplifted in the heavens would leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father.”

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