7th Sunday of Eastertide Year A

Published on 18 May 2020
The apostles with Mary gathered in the Upper Room

All these joined in continuous prayer ...

Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord,

so that we, who believe that the Saviour of the human race

is with you in your glory,

may experience, as he promised, until the end of the world,

his abiding presence among us.

In this time of worldwide fear and uncertainty, we are called to a deepening faith in our Lord, our stronghold and hope. As Christians, we also try to be a beacon of light for our fellow human beings.

The First Reading picks up the early Christian story immediately after Jesus’s ascension: Mary the mother of Jesus, his disciples and extended family gather in the upper room to await in prayer the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel also takes us back to a special place, the room where the Last Supper took place. Here Jesus prays, making known to his disciples – and to us – the name and teachings of the Father. Eternal life is to know the Father and Christ and their intimate relationship together.

The Psalm exudes trust and confidence in the God of the living; it inspires us to seek the Lord’s face and get to know him.

In the Second Reading, Peter gives his community encouragement as they endure challenges and hard times. He assures them of a special blessing if they live the values of Christ.

As the Easter Season draws to a close, we might pray together:

‘Lord, we believe you are indeed our light, help and stronghold in these dark times. May your Holy Spirit comfort us all; and may our relationship of loving trust with you deepen.’

Lord, my heart has prompted me to seek your face, I seek it, Lord; do not hide from me.    Entrance Antiphon

‘Father … I have given them the teachings you gave me.’     Gospel

This is the prayer of Jesus: that his believers may become one as he is one with the Father.     Communion Antiphon

Acts 1: 12–14; Psalm 26 (27); 1 Peter 4: 13–16; John 17: 1–11

Please note the PDF for the Ascension is also attached here.