The Catholic Calendar for Thursday, May 24, 2007
Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
John 17:20-26

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

Lifting His eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, “I pray for those who will believe in me.” (John 17:20)

Comprehending God’s enormous love for us isn’t easy. John helps us understand a good measure of it in today’s Gospel, where he presents us with the amazing prayer of Jesus to His Father. What tender words Jesus prayed on our behalf!

If you want to know Jesus more intimately, allow John to share more of Jesus’ beautiful prayer with you, where His love for us shines through so clearly.

This is how much Jesus loves us: knowing He had only hours until His arrest, Jesus prayed for what He desired most – that we all believe in Him as one, and that we believe His Father loves us just as much as Him! “. . . that the world might believe that you loved them, even as you loved me.” (John 17:23)

Jesus spent one of His last precious days praying desperately for you and me, exposing His beautiful heart to His Father that we may know the extent to which we are loved, “Father, they are your gift to me.” (John 17:24)

Elizabeth Tichvon


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