Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 1:15-17 & 20-26; 1 Jn 4:11-16; Jn 17:11-19 (Year B)

“God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.” The first letter of St John is a profound reflection on the lived experience of the Resurrection. To profess with our lips that Christ is risen is not enough. We must also confess that he is alive in those who, however inadequately, put their faith in him.

Our faith falters and is frequently challenged by life’s changing circumstances. Like John, we should not be discouraged. We do not stand alone in our frailty: “We can know that we are living in him and he is living in us because he lets us share his Spirit.”

Within the context of John’s letter, the Spirit that we share can be none other than the Spirit of God’s transforming love. This is the Spirit in which the Father has loved the Son before time began, the Spirit that breathed life into creation, the Spirit in which the Father sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. This love, shared within us, has the power to overcome sin’s innate selfishness. It opens our hearts to the joy that we share with God and in each other.

John’s Gospel, in its account of the prayer of Jesus on the night before he died, embraces us with the same assurance: “Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us.”

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