Reflection on the Gospel reading for 7th Sunday of Easter.

love

“They do not belong to the world, any more than I belong to the world”.

John 17:11-19

Throughout Eastertide we hear in our church readings how much God loves us, and how much we need to remain true to God’s commandments.

In today’s Gospel of St. John, Jesus prays to the Father: “Keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us”.

Just contemplate that statement, and think about the honour we have as Christians being called brothers and sisters of God.

But being a Christian is not easy, many are persecuted and killed all around the world because of their faith in Christ Jesus.

Jesus said “I passed your Word on to them and the world hated them”.

This is the sacrifice Christians have to bear in the world today, in picking up our own cross.  Being a witness to Jesus, and proclaiming the Good News.  We have the Martyrs of the Church as our role models, seeing how much they had to suffer but still remaining true to their faith to the very end.

“God is love, and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him”.

We need to remain faithful and true, by praying and reading scripture – the Word of God.  In order to keep evil at bay and to help us lead fruitful and holy lives.

Remain steadfast in God’s love and He will remain with you for all eternity.

God bless.