Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Acts 20:17-27 + John 17:1-11
May 18, 2021
“Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”
We are approaching the end of the Easter season. For seven weeks we have heard of the events surrounding the Resurrection, and how these events have touched the lives of those who encountered Jesus, such as Mary Magdalen, Peter, and Thomas. We have heard how the lives of these followers of Jesus were changed because they believed in the events they witnessed. The Church today is also made up of followers of Jesus, those whose lives have been changed by their encounter with the Body of Christ.
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus speaks candidly to His Father about the mission He was given and how He had fulfilled that mission. What is it, though, that Jesus accomplished? He was a failure in the eyes of the world. It takes eyes of faith to see anything worth imitating in Christ Jesus. The sort of vision that sees in Jesus a Messiah, a Savior, is the vision that we acquire only slowly in life, and which along the way we might even lose at times.
Yet with those eyes of faith we can see that each of us has been given a mission in Christ. In various ways, we are to proclaim the good news of salvation to others. We hear much on the news of violence and despair in the world. Such news clouds the vision that Jesus wants us to have: that suffering and death do not have to have the last say in our lives.
How has the resurrection changed our lives? Coming to the end of this year’s celebration of Lent, the Sacred Triduum and Easter, are we more determined to live the message of Jesus? Are we more aware that He lives not only for us but in us? Will we make the necessary changes in our lives to mirror the life of Jesus?