5 Wed Jun 2019
On “the World”
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For 5 June 2019, Wednesday of the seventh week of Easter, based on John 17:11b-19
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Carla Thomas op
05 June 2019 @ 11:51 pm
Thank you for this beautiful reflection on the many ‘sides’ of ‘the world.’ Your reflection provided me much food for meditation this morning. Thank you for the moving poem by Mary Oliver. Your talk inspired me and I felt the presence of God through your sharing.
06 June 2019 @ 1:37 am
Thank you, Ann for challenging us to the beauty of the world that God has given us to enjoy as well
as to be aware of the worldly desires that take us away from God. Only staying in prayer as Mary
Oliverâ€™s poem suggest can we enjoy both as God wants us to share his joy.
Blessings on your preaching,