Readings: May 20, 2012 7th Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:15-26 1 John 4:11-16 John 17:11-19 The Message
During this time, Peter stood up in the company—there were about 120 of them in the room at the time—and said, “Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus. That Scripture had to be fulfilled, and now has been. Judas was one of us and had his assigned place in this ministry. It’s exactly what we find written in the Psalms: Let someone else take over his post.
“Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection.”
They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, O God, know every one of us inside and out. Make plain which of these two men you choose to take the place in this ministry and leadership that Judas threw away in order to go his own way.”
They then drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles. © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
1 John 4:11-16
My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!
This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this
love that comes from God. © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Raising His eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life That you conferred as a gift through me, So they can be one heart and mind As we are one heart and mind.
As long as I was with them, I guarded them in the pursuit of the life you gave through me; I even posted a night watch. And not one of them got away, except for the rebel bent on destruction (the exception that proved the rule of Scripture).
Now I’m returning to you. I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing so my people can experience my joy completed in them.
I gave them your word; the godless world hated them because of it, because they didn’t join the world’s ways, just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world but that you guard them from the Evil One. They are no more defined by the world than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes so they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission. © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson