Start date: March 20, 2020

End date: June 30, 2020

First Reading Acts 1:12-14
From the Mount of Olives, as it is called, the apostles went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a Sabbath walk; and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. The word of the Lord

PSALM 26
R/ I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.

The Lord is my light and my help; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; before whom shall I shrink? R/

There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long, to live in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, to savour the sweetness of the Lord, to behold his temple. R/

O Lord, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer. Of you my heart has spoken: “Seek his face.” R/

Second Reading I Peter 4:13-16
If you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much better gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you. None of you should ever deserve to suffer for being a murderer, a thief, a criminal or an informer; but if anyone of you should suffer for being a Christian, then he is not to be ashamed of it; he should thank God that he has been called one. The Word of the Lord

Gospel John 17:1-11
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you; and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him, let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him. And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me with that glory I had with you before ever the world was. I have made your name known to the men you took from the world to give me. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now at last they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you; for I have given them the teaching you gave to me, and they have truly accepted this, that I came from you, and have believed that it was you who sent me. I pray for them; I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they belong to you: all I have is yours and all you have is mine, and in them I am glorified. I am not in the world any longer, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.’

PROMPTS FOR FAITH-SHARING

In the first reading the apostles return to the upper room along with ‘Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers’ and join in continuous prayer. Who are your companions in prayer at this moment in your life?

The psalmist sings, ‘The Lord is my light and my help;/whom shall I fear? Where has fear or anxiety crept into your life, and how might God be calling you to renew your trust in him?

In his epistle, St Peter urges us to ‘If you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad’. Who has been a model for you in enduring suffering with grace and peace?

In the gospel Jesus prays, ‘I have glorified you on earth/and finished the work that you gave me to do’. How does your work give glory to God?