7th Sunday of Easter Year B

Published on 07 May 2018
A painting by a 19th century artist of the Last Supper, with Jesus in red surrounded by his disciples

God is love

Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we who believe

that the Saviour of the human race is with you in your glory,

may experience, as he promised, until the end of the world,

his abiding presence among us.

As the joyous season of Easter comes to a close, this Sunday’s Scripture brings our focus onto Christ’s loving relationship with us.

We see how the very early Church decided that the person who was to replace Judas needed to be someone who had known Jesus personally from the very start of his ministry, and had witnessed his suffering, death and resurrection. (First Reading)

We can pray with great joy the Psalm of thanks for all the blessings of God’s love – a love that is calling all of us into a deeper personal relationship.

John’s letter (Second Reading) is like a summary of the Good News and the mystery of the Resurrection. We are encouraged to love one another. It is through our loving relationships that we will come to know God more fully. God is love, and God shares the Spirit of love with us when we die to self and give ourselves fully to love.

In John’s Gospel we hear Jesus praying to the Father for his followers. Jesus wants us to share fully in his joy. It is in this spirit of Easter joy that we are sent out into the world to draw all people into that relationship of love of which each and every one is invited to be a part.

Let us pray for the grace to be able to live out the joy of the Gospel of love in every part of our life!

My soul, give thanks to the Lord and never forget all his blessings.   Psalm

As long as we love one another, God will live in us and his love will be complete in us.   Second Reading

I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy.   Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Acts 1:15–17, 20–26; Psalm 102 (103); 1 John 4: 11–16; John 17: 11–19

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales have moved the feast of the Ascension to the Thursday. If in your area Ascension is celebrated on the Sunday, please see this PDF iconreflection sheet instead>>.