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Jesus said to his disciples “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.” So some of his disciples said to one another, “What does this mean that he is saying to us, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks? We do not know what he means.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing with one another what I said, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”
Our grief has become joy because Christ rose from the dead. He did as He promised and sent the Paraclete to guide us and lead us. Rejoice in His resurrection, rejoice in His love, rejoice in His mercy.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift you have given us in your Son. I offer you praise, honor and glory through the saving grace of Jesus, Amen.
The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power, Alleluia!
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Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”
Have you opened yourself to the voice of the Holy Spirit? He speaks for God and will guide you to the Lord. His voice can come in a small, still whisper or it can come from another person. If you are open, you will hear.
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Alleluia!
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Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
Do you think Jesus ever got frustrated with the Apostles? They did not seem to get it! No matter how often He says this, they do not seem to get it. Do we? We have had 2,000+ years of seeing the truth and yet people do not believe. Or is it they do not want to believe? Believing means giving up yourself for Him. That is hard for many to do today. Can you do it? Can I?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to give all of myself to you. Take me as I am and help me to learn who you are more fully and completely. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Their message goes out through all the earth, Alleluia!
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Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”
Jesus keeps warning His Apostles and us about persecution. Saul thought he was doing God’s will until Jesus taught him the truth. We must pray for those who, today, think they do God’s will and kill innocent people who believe in the truth of the Word of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may the hearts and minds of those who kill and use your name as the reason be opened and turned to you. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen!
The Lord takes delight in his people, Alleluia!
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Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”
Jesus tells us if we do not believe in Him, we do not believe in God, who is our Father. Yet when He left He sent the Holy Spirit to help us and remind us of everything He has said. So how can we not believe? How can we not trust what He has told us is the truth? God does not lie, but the world does. Who do you believe in? The truth you see or the lies that live in the darkness?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the foundation of my world. I come to you as the giver of truth and love. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who has guided me closer to you and set me on your path. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
O God, let all the nations praise you! Alleluia!
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Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”
We see today how the world hates those who love Christ. Christians have been persecuted in many countries. In the US we are seeing the signs of persecution in how we live our lives, efforts to force us to fund causes that go against our beliefs. When we see this we must remember that Christ was persecuted and told us that we will be too. Do you hold firm to your beliefs or do you give in to the world? Christ died for you, can you not stand up for Him?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I stand firm in my belief in all that you have taught me. I pray I will not waiver when tested. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy, Alleluia
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Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”
You have been chosen by God. What is your answer? Do you choose Him or reject Him? You have free will to do what you want, but if you do not choose to accept His friendship you will not remain in Him. Choose life, choose love, choose Christ.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose your friendship Lord and want to live in you. Thank you for all the gifts that you have given to me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord, Alleluia!