Cycle A

Good News A24a

Seventh Sunday of Easter

 

John 17:1-11 New American Bible

John 17:1-11 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“I glorified you by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.”

                  

Jesus glorified his Father by accomplishing the work that his father gave him to do. Each of the Apostles went forth into the world and did what Jesus asked them to do. Their disciples went forth and did what God asked them to do. Today God is asking you to do things for him. It may seem like a small job. “Open the doors for everyone coming behind you today.” It may seem small to you, but when you open the door for someone pushing their loved one in a wheelchair, it is something big. They will remember your caring for them. They will know that God sent you to help them.

God may ask you to “Smile at everyone you see today.” It may seem like a small thing to you. When your neighbor is feeling like no one likes them and you smile at him, he begins to think, “God sent that smile to help me look at the bright side. Good things are coming my way.

God may say, “Explain the Gospel to your friend.” When you explain how Jesus said to pray for your enemies, your friend may be able to forgive someone who threw a rock at him. When you join your friend in prayer, God will send blessings that helps your friend forgive.

God may suggest that you “Pick up trash around your house.” Picking up trash and straightening up items in your house is like straightening up things inside your soul. God’s love and forgiveness wipes all the sins from your soul. His love straightens up your soul so that you can say “No” to all temptations left in your path.

God may ask you to “Spend ten minutes praying for all the sick in your town.” God’s blessings will cover all the sick at home, in the hospitals, and nursing homes. Miracles will happen because you asked God to help.

Do whatever you think will serve and glorify God the Father. When God puts an idea into your heart, he will give you the power and the resources to accomplish it. It may be difficult, but you can do it. Each day before you begin doing an errand for God, say, “God, I am doing this in your honor. Thank you for loving me and blessing me with the willingness, power, and courage to do good things in your name. Amen.”

         

 

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to show you what it is he wants you to do. Speak, create, write, sing, clean, perform, give, share, draw, color, pray, paint and love each day you live. Ask him for the strength and skill to do everything he wants you to do in his name.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

            

                  

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