June 5, 2011
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
FIRST READING: Acts 1:6-14
6While the apostles were still with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, are you now going to give Israel its own king again?”
7Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. 8But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” 9After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. They could not see him, 10but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky.
Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. 11They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.”
12-13The Mount of Olives was about half a mile from Jerusalem. The apostles who had gone there were Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon, known as the Eager One, and Judas the son of James.
After the apostles returned to the city, they went upstairs to the room where they had been staying.
14The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind. The women and Mary the mother of Jesus would meet with them, and so would his brothers.
PSALMODY: Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1Do something, God! Scatter your hateful enemies.
Make them turn and run. 2Scatter them like smoke!
When you come near,
make them melt like wax in a fire.
3But let your people be happy
and celebrate because of you.
4Our God, you are the one who rides on the clouds,
and we praise you.
Your name is the LORD,
and we celebrate as we worship you.
5Our God, from your sacred home
you take care of orphans and protect widows.
6You find families for those who are lonely.
You set prisoners free and let them prosper,
but all who rebel will live in a scorching desert.
7You set your people free,
and you led them through the desert.
8God of Israel, the earth trembled,
and rain poured down.
You alone are the God who rules from Mount Sinai.
9When your land was thirsty,
you sent showers to refresh it.
10Your people settled there,
and you were generous to everyone in need.
32Now sing praises to God!
Every kingdom on earth, sing to the LORD!
33Praise the one who rides across the ancient skies;
listen as he speaks with a mighty voice.
34Tell about God’s power! He is honored in Israel,
and he rules the skies.
35The God of Israel is fearsome in his temple,
and he makes us strong. Let’s praise our God!
SECOND READING: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
12Dear friends, don’t be surprised or shocked that you are going through testing that is like walking through fire. 13Be glad for the chance to suffer as Christ suffered. It will prepare you for even greater happiness when he makes his glorious return.
14Count it a blessing when you suffer for being a Christian. This shows that God’s glorious Spirit is with you.
6Be humble in the presence of God’s mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes. 7God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.
8Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. 9But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith. You know that all over the world the LORD’S followers are suffering just as you are. 10But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That’s why he had Christ Jesus choose you to share in his eternal glory. You will suffer for a while, but God will make you complete, steady, strong, and firm. 11God will be in control forever! Amen.
GOSPEL: John 17:1-11
After Jesus had finished speaking to his disciples, he looked up toward heaven and prayed:
Father, the time has come for you to bring glory to your Son, in order that he may bring glory to you. 2And you gave him power over all people, so that he would give eternal life to everyone you give him. 3Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent. 4I have brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you gave me to do. 5Now, Father, give me back the glory that I had with you before the world was created.
6You have given me some followers from this world, and I have shown them what you are like. They were yours, but you gave them to me, and they have obeyed you. 7They know that you gave me everything I have. 8I told my followers what you told me, and they accepted it. They know that I came from you, and they believe that you are the one who sent me. 9I am praying for them, but not for those who belong to this world. My followers belong to you, and I am praying for them. 10All that I have is yours, and all that you have is mine, and they will bring glory to me.
11Holy Father, I am no longer in the world. I am coming to you, but my followers are still in the world. So keep them safe by the power of the name that you have given me. Then they will be one with each other, just as you and I are one.