Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Peace I bequeath to you.

In some ways the chapters of John’s Gospel set at the Last Supper are in a sense a Last Will and Testament of Jesus, just before his Passion and Death. This week he ‘bequeaths’ us his own peace.

The kind of peace that the world cannot give is his gift to us. The kind of peace that means that our hearts need not be troubled or afraid. Who honestly can’t say that we desire this above all? How does this peace come to us? Firstly God makes his home with us. Secondly God gives us the Advocate, the Holy Spirit who teaches us everything. God making his home with us is an invitation to reflect on God’s continual loving presence in our live. The Advocate teaching us is an invitation to open our ears and listen. By his presence and his teaching we may truly know his peace in our lives.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him(her), and we shall come to him(her) and make our home with him (her). (John 14:23)

  • How do you keep the Lord’s word?
  • Reflect on the Father loving you.
  • Reflect on God making his home with you.
  • Listen to the work of the Lord in your heart.

 

Monday.

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. (John 14:26)

  • How do you let the Holy Spirit teach you?
  • How easily do you call to mind the word of the Lord?
  • Reflect on the Holy Spirit as ‘Advocate’.
  • Listen to the Spirit speaking in your heart.

 

Tuesday.

Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

  • What troubles you and what are you afraid of?
  • What part of you needs the Lord’s gift of peace just now?
  • Reflect that Jesus ‘bequeaths’ you his peace.
  • Listen to the Lord speaking his peace in your heart.

 

Wednesday.

I saw that there was no temple in the city sine the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God, and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.. (Apocalypse 21:22-23)

  • Reflect on the temple being God himself.
  • How do you worship in that temple which is the Lamb?
  • What darkness in your life needs the torch of the Lamb?
  • Listen to the glory of God resound in your heart.

 

Thursday.

O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your saving help. (Psalm 66:2-3)

  • What part of your life needs blessed today?
  • When have you known the saving help of God?
  • When have you experienced the light of God shed upon you?
  • Listen to the gracious God who makes himself known to you.

 

Friday

Let the nations be glad and exult for you rule the world with justice. With fairness you rule the peoples, you guide the nations on earth. (Acts 14:22-23)

  • What is unjust in your world?
  • What isn’t fair in your world?
  • Invite the Lord to rule over you with justice and fairness.
  • Listen to the Lord who guides you.

 

Saturday

We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us, and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Acts 14:24-26)

  • What disturbs and unsettles you within the Church?
  • Who are you sent to to reassure them?
  • How do you dedicate your life to the name of the Lord Jesus?
  • Listen to the Lord as he reassures you?
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