Readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:12-26; Revelation 22:1-6,12-20; John 17:20-26
Who was someone that you idolized as a child?
One habit of children who idolize someone – an older sibling, an upper classman, a sports star – is to mimic that person’s tastes and mannerisms. This helps us identify more closely with the one we admire. What would this look like in our life with God? One of the goals for every child of God should be to make God’s desires our own.
In the Gospel reading, we hear in Jesus’ prayer to the Father his desire that future believers be added to God’s family to share in the unity, glory, and love that is already being enjoyed there. Jesus says that these future believers will be brought to faith through our sharing of the Word (John 17).
The apostle John concludes his vision of heaven with an invitation for all to come and drink freely from the river of life that satisfies our thirst for fellowship with God (Rev 22).
After Jesus’ ascension into heaven, the apostles are obedient to their Lord’s command to stay in Jerusalem and await the Father’s promised Spirit. By this and their choosing of Matthias, they show their shared desire to spread the good news of Jesus’ resurrection with the world (Acts 1).