A Question Of Joy

Holy Father, keep those You have given Me true to Your Name

John 17:11
Acts 1:15-17,20-26; Psalms 103:1-2,11-12,19-20; I John 4:11-16; John 17:11-19

Sermon Week/Year

Seventh Sunday of Easter, B

The ancient Egyptians believed that when they died they would be asked by the god they called “Osiris” two questions. Their answers would determine whether or not they could continue their journey into the afterlife. The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second question was, “Did you find joy?”

The Apostle John has written that, at the Last Supper, after Jesus had washed the Apostles’ feet, He said to them,

“Do you understand what I have done for you? You call Me ‘Master’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you … Now that you know this, happiness will be yours if you behave accordingly” (Jn. 13:12-15,17).

In today’s Gospel Lesson we read that a short time after the Last Supper, in the presence of those same Apostles, Jesus prayed…

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