Seventh Sunday of Easter

The night before he died, Jesus prayed for us and for all those who were chosen by God.  Rather than make us smug, this knowledge should humble us and cause us to emulate him who came to serve rather than be served.  We live in the world but are not of the world.  It is only a temporary home for us.  A bright future awaits where love reigns and glory is resplendent.  For Jesus in the Gospel of John the crucifixion is the lifting up, the exaltation of the Son of God.  With eyes of faith, let us see anew and reorient our lives.