Wednesday (3-16-2018) of the Seventh Week of Easter

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 17: 11-19
* “Consecrated in God’s truth” *

11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth 18 As you sent me into the world, only I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they may also be consecrated in truth.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

The Bond of Christian Unity in Love, by Cyril of Alexandria, 375-444 A.D.

“Christ wishes the disciples to be kept in a state of unity by maintaining a like-mindedness and an identity of will, being mingled together as it were in soul and spirit and in the law of peace and love for one another. He wishes them to be bound together tightly with an unbreakable bond of love, that they may advance to such a degree of unity that their freely chosen association might even become an image of the natural unity that is conceived to exist between the Father and the Son. That is to say, he wishes them to enjoy a unity that is inseparable and indestructible, which may not be enticed away into a dissimilarity of wills by anything at all that exists in the world or any pursuit of pleasure, but rather reserves the power of love in the unity of devotion and holiness. And this is what happened. For as we read in the Acts of the Apostles, ‘the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul’ (Acts 4:32), that is, in the unity of the Spirit. This is also what Paul himself meant when he said ‘one body and one Spirit’ (Ephesians 4:4). ‘We who are many are one body in Christ for we all partake of the one bread’ (1 Corinthians 10:17; Romans 12:5), and we have all been anointed in the one Spirit, the Spirit of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).”
(excerpt from COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 11.9.18)

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, take my life and make it wholly pleasing to you. Sanctify me in your truth and guide me by your Holy Spirit that I may follow you faithfully wherever you lead.”