4th Sunday Easter C


A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer

Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit

from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End

 Claes Brouwer:  The Lamb of God with the 144 Thousand                                                                         Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, c. 1430

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter C:                                     They Will Hunger No More, and thirst No More

 

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Acts 13:14, 43-52
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 5
Second Reading: Revelation 7:9, 14-17
Gospel: John 10:27-30

 

“They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
   the sun will not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat
(NRSV, Rev 7:16).”

 

Let us pray.

 

Father, whenever we in the Church try to conceive of Jesus, now in glory, sitting at your right hand, he always carries with him the scars of his passion and death, wounds in hands and feet, in his side, and his head.  The pains and suffering and the scars of this life are much of what we are.  Just as Jesus carried his with him into the world to come, how could we leave ours behind and still be ourselves?

 

No, Father, sharing in your life, even in the world to come, where we hope to continue to grow in you, does not mean being delivered from the agony which is part of every human life.  You never rescue us, Father, but your life and power given in the Holy Spirit, enable us to transform the suffering that is ours into blessing for ourselves and others.

 

Just as Jesus’ passion unto death was his hour of glory, may we, in response to the gift of your life that you share with us, Father, transform everything that appears to be negation and defeat in our lives, without leaving them behind, into final triumph and victory.

 

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

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