Today is Wednesday the 4th of June, in the Seventh Week of Easter. 

The University of Johannesburg choir sing the Sanctus from Missa de Meridiana. Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts.  Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  What is God’s glory if it is not God’s presence and God’s grace made known? As I look around me now, do I notice that presence?  Right here, right now, God’s presence sanctifies this ordinary place, and these ordinary people, and makes them holy.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.

Jesus’s words here are full of powerful language, heavy with meaning.  Which words did you notice particularly?  Which ones struck a chord with you?  The words about protecting and guarding?  The words about sanctifying?  The words about “the world”?   The words about truth?

“So that they may be one as we are one”.  How do these words strike you, this idea that we should be one, as Jesus and the Father are one?  Poetic? beautiful?  Unattainable, perhaps?  How united do you think the followers of Jesus are?  How united could they be?

As you hear the reading again, notice once more if there is any phrase which stands out for you.

Jesus says he speaks these things “so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves”.  Jesus’s desire is for you to have complete joy from him.  Speak to him now: tell him what your desire is.