7th Sunday of Easter Year C
I will come back to you and your hearts will be full of joy!
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 we come close to the end of the season of Easter, our readings are full of joy and the hope that comes from trust in the Risen Lord Jesus.
The First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells of the martyrdom of Stephen after he speaks of Jesus as Lord, at God’s right hand. Even as he is being stoned, Stephen cries out with words of forgiveness for his executioners and asks, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’. Saul, who will become Paul, witnesses Stephen’s faith in the face of death.
Towards the end of his life, John receives a revelation of God that he sets down in writing, as he is told to do. He writes of Jesus’s invitation to us all to receive from him and his promises that he will be with us always. (Second Reading)
The Gospel recounts part of the prayer of Jesus for all believers, made at the Last Supper before his Passion and death. Jesus prays for a unity among us that mirrors the oneness of Father and Son, and that his love may always be the foundation of our sharing of the life of God with others.
We respond with joy in the words of the Psalm because the Lord is King. We pray too that our lives may be filled with joy and trust in our Risen Lord, especially in our most difficult struggles.