Blessings with the Feast!
We are in the transition period between Pascha and Pentecost. This Feast, the Feast of Ascension is seven days long. We will sing a lot about it this weekend and some more in the week ahead as we prepare for Pentecost.
Today’s gospel reading comes from John 17:1-13. This part of John has Jesus praying to the Father for his apostles. Originally, I wanted to focus completely on the end of this passage where He asks the Father “But now I come to You… that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.”
My prayer is that that I may have His joy! So that verse really spoke to me. But as I read it this week along with the next section of the book, I mentioned last week, Becoming a Healing Presence, I found a beautiful connection that I wanted to share with you.
First, here is the Gospel reading for today (emphasis is mine), Sunday, May 31st…
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
The connection between this passage and Becoming a Healing Presence is in the same chapter as last week but in the section titled, “Naming Others as Vocation”. Listen what Albert Rossi says…
Our vocation is to heal others into Christ. When we meet others in our environment or in our head, we can bring healing ointment by bringing Christ.
We heal others by saying the Name of Jesus over them. Father Lev Gillet said, “The Name of Jesus is a concrete and powerful means of transfiguring persons into their hidden, innermost, utmost reality.” Isn’t that what others are looking for from us, especially youth? Don’t they want us to see and communicate, sometimes without words, the goodness in them that they can’t see themselves?
A few paragraphs later he says…
Our attitude is extended love for them as we name them with His Name in a spirit of adoration, dedication, and service. Fr. Gillet admonishes us to adore Christ in them, serve Christ in them.
The last paragraph says…
As we name others with the name of Jesus, our vision changes. If we go through the world with this new vision, saying “Jesus” over every person, seeing Jesus in every person, everybody will be transformed and transfigured before our eyes.
You see, Albert Rossi (and Fr. Lev Gillet) is instructing us to do just what Jesus did for His apostles.
Let us say the Name of Jesus over all those we love that He may transform them. And by doing so our own lives will be transformed!
Now that Pascha is technically over, I am back at seeking out my weekly Resurrection Reminders. Because each and every week we are reminded of His resurrection. It truly is inspirational and healing to have these reminders in our hymnography each week.
This week I’d like to share with you this hymn from Saturday evening vespers.
What I love about this hymn is that we are reminded that He is in all creation! Where shall we sinners flee from Thee, Who art in all the earth?
He is “Everywhere present and filling all things!”
This Resurrection Reminder is also your free weekly printable. Click the photo for a printable PDF! Post it as your reminder for the week…
Christ is risen, every day!
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Thank you for stopping by. Thank you for reading through this week’s post!
Have a blessed week!