Over The Brink

that the world may believe...that it was You who sent Me and that I have loved them as much as You loved Me

John 17:21,23
Acts 7:55-60; Psalms 97:1-2,6-7,9; Revelations 22:12-14,16-17,20; John 17:20-26

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Seventh Sunday of Easter, C

A former agnostic recalls the following conversation he once had with a prominent University chaplain:

“If God exists, somebody in all the centuries would have seen Him.”

“Many people have.”
“I, for one.”
“You’ve seen God?”
“Then what does He look like?”
“Like everything.”
“That means nothing.”

“It means a great deal to me. I look at you and I see God. Wherever my eye falls I see God. He is as real to me as you are, more real in fact, for He is the changeless in the changing — the changeless ever-present spirit that inhabits all things.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus prays to the Father “that the world may believe… that it was You who sent Me and that I have loved them even as much as You loved Me” (Jn. 17:21,23). Then, He says, “I have made Your Name known to them… so that the love with which You have loved Me…

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