Since we talked about the readings for the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday, today we’ll concentrate on the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The Gospel reading today is from John 17. It is part of Jesus’ lengthy soliloquy at the Last Supper. Speaking to the Father, Jesus says, “Consecrate them in the truth…I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
Look up “consecrate” in the dictionary, and here’s what you’ll find. “To make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity.” The Apostles were certainly set apart to the service of God. But then, so are we! We, too, must be consecrated in truth. Dedicated to living out the truths of our faith.
Jesus also said, “They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.” In thinking about ourselves, we must ask the question, “To whom do we belong?” If we truly belong to Jesus, then we cannot belong to the world. But are we living our lives that way? It reminds me of the old question…if you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Father, we thank you for consecrating us, for setting us apart for Your service. Help us to live our lives each day to reflect that we are consecrated in the truth. Amen.