Seventh Week of Easter: May 8 - 14, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Seventh Week of EasterIn many dioceses, this week begins with the Seventh Sunday of Easter. (In some places, the Ascension is celebrated today, rather than this past Thursday.) The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter give us a post-Ascension, pre-Pentecost feel.This is our last week of the Acts of the Apostoles. The Apostles carry on the work of Jesus and the future community takes shape with the gift of the Holy Spirit being given to the gentiles.The "Priestly Prayer" of Jesus which we read in the gospels this week lets us listen in on the prayer of Jesus for his disciples, and for us. He doesn't ask the Father to take us from the world, but we can tell that he is concerned for us. It is tender and feels quite personal. We are the Father's gift to Jesus, entrusted to his care and now he prays that we might all be one, that the world might know it was the Father who sent Jesus.Friday of this week takes us to the end of the Fourth Gospel and image of Jesus shaping Peter's ministry (and ours). If we love him, then he asks us to feed his sheep.Saturday offers us the Feast of St. Matthias (the Apostle chosen to replace Judas) in the morning and the Vigil of Pentecost for the day. Reading the Vigil readings can help us prepare for Pentecost.Sunday is the great feast of Pentecost - the birthday of the Church. The frightened Apostles are on fire. Now they can speak clearly, so everyone can understand them. Jesus gives his peace to his disciples and breathes his Spirit upon them, giving them the mission to forgive and sending them to carry out his desire that we all be one.Lord, send out your Spirit,and renew the face of the earth.