May 27, 2017

7th Sunday of Easter - A (May 28, 2017)


To Know God

(Today, most dioceses celebrate the Ascension of the Lord.  In a few places, however, today is the 7th Sunday of Easter.
I have chosen the Gospel for the 6th Sunday of Easter for this reflection.) 

In the Gospel passage, Jesus continues his Last Supper with the disciples.  Now he prays to the Father for his disciples, “This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

“The word for "know" is ginosko, which means intimate, even mystical, knowledge.” [1]   Think of how intimately Jesus knows the Father. 

To know God and to make God know – that is one way of expressing the purpose of the Christian life. 

As we ponder Jesus’ prayer for us, it’s time for us to evaluate our prayer life, which is a way we can deepen our knowledge of God.

While we can never know God fully, without some knowledge of God, we cannot carry out Jesus’ commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

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[1]   John Petty. 

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