About the 7th Sunday of Easter Year A
In most dioceses in the United States, the observance of the Solemnity of the Ascension is moved to the following Sunday, superseding the 7th Sunday of Easter. See readings and resources for the Ascension of the Lord Year A instead.
Sunday May 21, 2023
The readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year A remind us that even though Jesus is not with us in his human body, we are still connected to him and to each other in prayer. The first reading tells of how after the ascension of Jesus, his followers grow in community by praying together. The psalm expresses our longing for God. The second reading reminds us to glorify God always, even when we are suffering. And in the gospel Jesus prays as he prepares to ascend.
What are the Mass Readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year A?
- First Reading – Acts 1:12-14: “All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 27: “I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.”
- Second Reading – 1 Peter 4:13-16: “But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name.”
- Gospel – John 17:1-11: “I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.”
What Are the Themes for the Mass Readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year A?
- Letting go
- Preparing for the next thing
Resources for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year A
Prayers bring us closer to God. We pray to change our own hearts and bring them into alignment with the heart of God. We pour ourselves out to God and know that we are heard. We also let God speak to us. See a collection of prayers on this site.
The Book of Psalms is a book of prayers. The psalms express the author’s praise, thanksgiving, distress, or even anger. See a collection of prayers based on psalms.
Prayer is an expression of our need to respond to God’s love, which always precedes and sustains us. Christians pray in the knowledge that, although unworthy, we are still loved.
Hear, O Lord, the sound of my call; have pity on me, and answer me. Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
Prayer allows us to see one another the way God our Father sees us, and to realize that we are brothers and sisters. – Pope Francis
Through prayer we can enter into a stable relationship with God, the source of true joy. – Pope Francis