Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.” Jn 17:1-11a
I attended Mass and Eucharistic Adoration today and found those words from today's Gospel especially poignant. Jesus Christ, who has all the glory in the world, came to die just for me. St. Peter Julian Eymard said, ""For whom is Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament? For me; because He loves me!" He left the glory of Heaven and became man all because of His love for me. And just last Sunday we celebrated his triumph Ascension into Heaven. In a few days we will celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and for this special time, we really need to reflect on the life and death of Jesus.
So how will I prepare for Pentecost?
I have already posted parts of the Novena for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and I will continue to post about the novena for the next few days.
However, I'm going to be doing something more. Each day of this week I am going to read parts of the Gospels. I plan on reading the Gospel according to St. Matthew and hopefully the Gospel according to St. John before Pentecost. I think that by reading and meditating on the life, death, and Resurrection of Our Lord these next few days I will be better able to better celebrate Pentecost.