On this Seventh, Sunday of Easter, squeezed between the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost, we get the concluding passage of Jesus’ prayer in John 17. John is perhaps my favorite Gospel, so I am prone to nerd out a little bit about the uniqueness of John. Each year in the Revised Common Lectionary we get a different piece of Jesus’ prayer. This morning’s reading is the ending. I was struck by the realization that Jesus was praying for me, for us, for all of us that came to believe.
We can learn a lot about how we are to pray by looking at how Jesus prays. He prays that he may glorify God. He prays for his friends and disciples to be protected and be one. And then on the edge of his darkest moment, moments before the betrayal and suffering, Jesus prays for the future–for us that we may believe, and be one, and love.
A sermon offered on the Seventh Sunday of Easter at The Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Heflin, Alabama.
Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter.