Seventh Sunday of Easter

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26
Second Scripture Reading
1 John 4:11-16
Gospel Reading
John 17:11b-19

Opening Prayer

Your Spirit is delightful, the way She moves and empowers among us. I love the way they gambled to choose a successor, trusting that you were guiding them. We need such trust in your guidance today, Lord! Your Spirit-Wisdom is redefining you as it re- defines us. Help us to truly believe that You are Love, not some force we are afraid of, or some divine force distant from us, or a heavenly bully. Empower us to be like You, and truly love one another with unconditional respect. We need Your Spirit to transform us this day – overcome our darkenss so that we see all Your children as holy. Consecrate us again in Your uplifting, forgiving and unifying truth, so that we do not divide, demean or destroy anyone. Risen Lord, thank you for gambling on us, and choosing us to belong to you, to be your lot, and the witnesses to your risen glory and powerful message.

This day, in 1883, young St. Therese was healed by Our Lady of the Smile. May you smile on us and help us to smile amid the tensions, dyings and risings that are your paschal mystery happening within us. Heal the hurts of your Body, your growing vine.

Bless our Moms today, and all the women who give us life and nurture us, as a reflection and human expression of Your maternal love for us!

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