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Sunday 17th May, 2015 Bulletin Insert Easter 7 Watch over make holy

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert – Sunday 17th May 2015, Easter 7

Watch over and make holyActs 1:15-17, 21-26, 1 John 5:9-13, John 17:6-19


In the second of Jesus’ final prayers, which we read in today’s Gospel, we read of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples. Jesus, as is only to be expected in his prayer, speaks to his Father. He calls his Father ‘holy’. This is crucial to the understanding of the prayer. It is Jesus’ recognition of the holiness of the Father which enables the rest of the prayer to flow.

Holiness is not weakness; it is the only source of real strength. The holy person is exactly what she or he should be. Holiness is of the essence of God. On the basis of the Father’s holiness, Jesus asks that God ‘keep those you have given me’. As Jesus is about to leave the disciples, he is aware that they will have two great needs: to be made holy and to be cared for. He asks the Father to do both.

Jesus prayers that the Father will make holy (consecrate) his followers. Jesus has responded to the holiness of God by the total gift of himself in an uncompromising living out of his mission, especially in his self-gift on the cross. He prays that his disciples, whom he has sent on a mission, just as his Father had sent him, will also be made holy through their loving gift of themselves

As we live our lives in a world that has little sympathy or understanding for the values of Jesus, we should be comforted by the knowledge that Jesus himself asks his Father to look after us and strengthen us in our commitment to his way of holiness. May we live and love as he did.

(Adapted from This is the Gospel of the Lord – Year B, by Francis J. Moloney, p 126-7).


1 John 5:9-13 9 If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10 Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God[a] have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.



John 17:6-19 – 6 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 – 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16 “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” 23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.