Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14
After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the apostles return to Jerusalem and gather in prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The Lord is our salvation.
1 Peter 4:13-16
If you suffer for Christ, you will be blessed.
Jesus prays for his disciples.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s reading is a prayer, which appears at the conclusion of Jesus’ Last Supper discourse. At the end of the prayer, Jesus is arrested in the garden. The prayer might be read as Jesus’ final commendation of himself to the Father. In the prayer, Jesus also expresses care and concern for his disciples.
Jesus’ prayer reaffirms the complete union between Jesus and the Father. Throughout John’s Gospel, Jesus has been presented as the Word, who pre-existed with the Father and was sent to do the Father’s work on earth. In this prayer we learn that Jesus’ life and ministry have been directed toward one purpose, revealing the Father. When this work is accomplished, Jesus is to return to the Father to be glorified. Regardless of what happens to Jesus, in John’s Gospel, Jesus and the Father are in charge. Even in the description of Jesus’ death, Jesus does not simply die but instead hands over his spirit.
In today’s Gospel we also note the distinction found in John’s Gospel between the world and the disciples. The disciples are in the world, but they are separate from it because they have been given to Jesus. They are chosen from the world to be in service to the world for its salvation. This salvation has been accomplished in Jesus because Jesus has revealed the Father to the world, but the disciples will be sent by Jesus to make both the Father and Jesus known to the world. Jesus’ prayer is for the disciples’ work in the world. – loyolapress.com
WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
World Communication Day (WCD) is an annual commemoration by the Church which was mandated by the Vatican Council II, and is celebrated throughout the world on the Sunday before Pentecost. This is the 51st year (since 1967) that WCD is being celebrated.
The aims of WCD are to
- Inform Catholics of their responsibilities in communication and media consumption
- Pray for the holistic development of communications and media so that the two aims of social communication – unity and development – are properly met;
- Urge Catholics to contribute funds to the cause of social communication.
WCD is also celebrated to
- Highlight the role and vital importance of communication and media in the Church;
- Recognise the vital contribution of those involved in communication and media;
- Pray that professionals involved in communication and media integrate Gospel values into their work;
- Provide pastoral care and support to those engaged in the important work of communication and media.
Every year, the Pope issues a message which addresses a specially chosen theme. This year the theme is Communicating Hope and Trust in Our Time.