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Seventh Sunday of Easter

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 17:11b-19.

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: "Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are. 
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled. 
But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. 
I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. 
I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. 
Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. 
As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. 
And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth."

Commentary of the day 
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), Cardinal, founder of the Oratory in England, theologian 
PPS, vol. 6, no. 15: “ Rising with Christ ”

"They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world"

Start, now, with this holy season of Easter, and rise with Christ. See, He offers you His hand; He is rising; rise with Him. Mount up from the grave of the old Adam; from grovelling cares, and jealousies, and fretfulness, and worldly aims; from the thraldom of habit, from the tumult of passion, from the fascinations of the flesh, from a cold, worldly, calculating spirit, from frivolity, from selfishness, from effeminacy, from self-conceit and highmindedness. Henceforth set about doing what it is so difficult to do, but what should not, must not be left undone; watch, and pray, and meditate... 

Show that your heart and your desires, show that your life is with your God. Set aside every day times for seeking Him... I am not calling on you to go out of the world, or to abandon your duties in the world, but to redeem the time; not to give hours to mere amusement or society, while you give minutes to Christ; not to pray to Him only when you are tired, and fit for nothing but sleep; not altogether to omit to praise Him, or to intercede for the world and the Church; but in good measure to realize honestly the words of the text, to "set your affection on things above;" and to prove that you are His, in that your heart “is risen with Him”, and “your life is hid in Him” (Col 3:1-3).

Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)

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