The Love Of Father And Son And You And Me

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. http://www.GregOlsen.com
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. http://www.GregOlsen.com

May 20, 2021

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Reading 1
Acts 22:30, 23:6-11

Wishing to determine the truth
about why Paul was being accused by the Jews,
the commander freed him
and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.
Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them.

Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,
so he called out before the Sanhedrin,
“My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;
I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”
When he said this,
a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,
and the group became divided.
For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection
or angels or spirits,
while the Pharisees acknowledge all three.
A great uproar occurred,
and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party
stood up and sharply argued,
“We find nothing wrong with this man.
Suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”
The dispute was so serious that the commander,
afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them,
ordered his troops to go down and rescue Paul from their midst
and take him into the compound.
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage.
For just as you have borne witness to my cause in Jerusalem,
so you must also bear witness in Rome.”

Responsorial Psalm
16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot. 
R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

I bless the LORD who counsels me;
    even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
    my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
    nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Gospel
John 17:21

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“I pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.”

We have been approaching the Pentecost Sunday with learning how the Holy Spirit fit into the Father and Son relationship. Then we heard WHO Jesus was. Then the relationship – how Father and Son are one. Now, it’s about the love of Father for Son and Son for Father. We learned how important it was that we not only believe but also be baptized and if we hear the Gospel and don’t believe there are consequences – condemnation.

But today particularly, we learn of the love of the Father and Son and the Son for the Father isn’t limited. Jesus holds us in that same love. That if we believe in the Son our Father loves us just as he loves the Son because of our Love of the Son.

I don’t have to be beaten. I don’t have to be made to carry a cross. I don’t have to be nailed to that cross because the One who loves me has already done all of that. I just need to acknowledge and believe in that love.

The only questions being do I love him more than myself? Do I love him more than the world?

Remember when Jesus told us when we are called before the courts, not to have prepared a speech? He said he would prepare us. The reading from Acts today is an example of this. Paul, a persecutor of the Christ, is brought before the Sanhedrin – made up of Pharisees and Sadducees.

Paul was a Pharisee and son of Pharisees. He believed in the Resurrection of the body and angels and spirits.

He saw the Sadducees on the other side of the aisle and knew what he should do. Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we are stupid.

 Paul did exactly what we see in the Halls of Congress today. He appealed to the Pharisees and immediately split the Sanhedrin in to two camps.

This got him out of the fight between the two camps and back to safety where the Lord visited him the next night to give him kudos for trusting him.

God loves those who believe – even if you once persecuted him and his followers. It is never too late. Just believe and you will be saved.

2 thoughts on “The Love Of Father And Son And You And Me

  1. Very well put. Know that we miss you a whole lot. I do not think, as friends, you and I have been this separated this long since we met at my first JTD.

    Good reason for us to talk and set a date to get together for lunch.

    De Colores my good friend, Clay

    Sent from my iPad

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