Seventh Sunday of Easter Year B

Published on 10 May 2021
People walking across a mountain landscape towards a church.

‘My soul, give thanks to the Lord!’

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.

The readings for this final Sunday of Eastertide remind us again of all the graces we have received through Jesus’s death and resurrection, and the joy which comes from knowing just how much we are loved by God.

In the First Reading, we hear of the election of Matthias, who takes the place of Judas, ‘the one who chose to be lost’. He joins the Apostles as one who gives witness to the wonder of the Lord’s Resurrection.

The short Psalm extract reflects the enormity of God’s love, and the boundless depths of his forgiveness – a theme expanded further in the Second Reading. Here, John’s letter reminds us that it is because God loved us first with such infinite love, that we must love one another. Through Jesus’s sacrifice, we are saved and can live as one with God, with Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

In the Gospel, we hear Jesus himself as he intercedes for the disciples and for us – asking his Father for everything he knows we need as he sends us out into the world.

During the coming week, let’s pray for the grace to recognise the gifts we have been given, and for a greater awareness of how we can use them in showing our love for others.

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

Since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another.     Second Reading

‘As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.’       Gospel

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

Acts 1: 15–17.20–26; Psalm 102 (103); 1 John 4: 11–16; John 17: 11–19