Seventh Sunday of Easter

Seventh Sunday of Easter

God is love.

The failure of Judas as an apostle is confronted in this week’s readings. His replacement is chosen by the eleven, led by Peter. Jesus refers to Judas being the only one who is lost, unlike all the others that he watches over.

The implication for our own discipleship is to allow the Lord to watch over us completely, and as the First Letter of St John reminds us that we are called to love because we have been loved. The experience of love leads us to God, because God is love.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

We must therefore choose someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was travelling around with us, someone who was with us right from the time John was baptising until the day he was taken up from us – and he can act with us as a witness to the resurrection. (Acts 1:21-22)

  • How have you experienced the Lord travelling around with you?
  • How do you witness to the resurrection?
  • How do you experience being part of a community?
  • Listen to the Lord who is with you.

 

Monday.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord, all my being bless his holy name. My soul, give thanks to the Lord and never forget all his blessings. (Psalm 102:1-2)

  • Make a list of all the blessings you have received from the Lord, this week, this month, this year.
  • Give thanks to the Lord for each of these blessings.
  • Are there any blessings that you have forgotten?
  • List to the Lord who blesses you.

 

Tuesday.

 My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another. No one has ever seen God; but as long as we love one another God will live in us and his love will be complete in us. (1 John 4: 11-12)

  • How have you experienced being loves so much by God?
  • How do you experience God living in you?
  • When have you felt God’s love complete in you?
  • Listen to the Lord who loves you so much.

 

Wednesday.

God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him(her). (1 John 4:16)

  • Reflect on the truth that God is love.
  • How have your experiences of human love helped and hindered you from understanding God’s love?
  • Spend a moment reflecting that God lives in you.
  • Listen to the Lord who lives in you.

 

Thursday.

Alleluia, alleluia. I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy.   (cf John 14:18)

  • When have you felt abandoned?
  • What do you need from the Lord for your heart to be full of joy?
  • When have you known your heart to be filled with joy by the Lord?
  • Listen to the Lord who fills your heart with joy.

 

Friday

Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us. While I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name. I have watched over them and one is lost. (John 17: 11-12)

  • When have you experienced being one with others?
  • When have you realised that the Lord is watching over you?
  • Have you ever felt lost?
  • Listen to the Lord who keeps you true.

 

Saturday

As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated to the truth. (John 17: 18-19)

  • When have you felt a need for the truth?
  • When have you felt consecrated by the Lord?
  • When have you felt sent into the world by the Lord?
  • Listen to the Lord who consecrates himself for you.
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