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7th Sunday in Easter, Year B

Jesus Prays for Unity 

 


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The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter continue our journey through the Gospel of John — and in particular through the Last Supper discourse in John — with a quote — a section — from Jesus’ famous prayer in John 17, often called his high priestly prayer that he made during the account of the Last Supper and before his passion began in the Garden of Gethsemane. So that’s going to be the gospel for today. Before I look, though, I just want to point out: notice these are the readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter.  And, it might be important to keep in mind that the reason there are seven Sundays in Easter, the reason there are seven weeks is because during the Easter season we’re celebrating the time between the Passover, which is when Jesus instituted the Eucharist, and then the ancient Jewish feast of Pentecost, which was named Pentecost after 50 days, because it took place seven weeks — plus one day, you know seven times seven is forty nine plus one day— on the 50th day after the Jewish celebration of Passover.  So, I just bring this up because all of our seasons, like Lent for example, the reason it’s six weeks is because it’s modeled on the 40 days of Jesus in the desert. Likewise, the Easter season — the reason it is seven weeks long or 50 days long is because it’s modeled on the time period between Passover and Pentecost in ancient Judaism. So we’re in the seventh week of Easter getting ready for the feast of Pentecost and during that time the church gives us Jesus’ teachings from the Gospel of John. So, let's look at this final teaching from Christ in John 17:11-19.  That’s the reading for this week...

 

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