Readings: May 12, 2013 7th Sunday of Easter

  • Acts 7:55-60

Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God, whom he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing at his side. He said, “Oh! I see heaven wide open and the Son of Man standing at God’s side!”

Yelling and hissing, the mob drowned him out. Now in full stampede, they dragged him out of town and pelted him with rocks. The ringleaders took off their coats and asked a young man named Saul to watch them.

As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, “Master Jesus, take my life.” Then he knelt down, praying loud enough for everyone to hear, “Master, don’t blame them for this sin”—his last words. Then he died.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20

I, John, heard a void saying to me, “I’ll be there soon! I’m bringing my payroll with me. I’ll pay all people in full for their life’s work. I’m A to Z, the First and the Final, Beginning and Conclusion.

“How blessed are those who wash their robes! The Tree of Life is theirs for good, and they’ll walk through the gates to the City. “I, Jesus, sent my Angel to testify to these things for the churches. I’m the Root and Branch of David, the Bright Morning Star.”

“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink; drink freely of the Water of Life! He who testifies to all these things says it again: “I’m on my way! I’ll be there soon!”  Yes! Come, Master Jesus!

       © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • John 17:20-26              

            Jesus’ Prayer for His Followers

Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said:

“Holy Father, I’m praying not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me Because of them and their witness about me.

The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind— just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, So they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.

The same glory you gave me, I gave them, So they’ll be as unified and together as we are— I in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, And give the godless world evidence That you’ve sent me and loved them In the same way you’ve loved me.

Father, I want those you gave me to be with me, right where I am, so they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me, having loved me long before there ever was a world.

Righteous Father, the world has never known you, But I have known you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission. I have made your very being known to them— Who you are and what you do—and continue to make it known, So that your love for me might be in them exactly as I am in them.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

 

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