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 B instead.

Mass Readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year B

  • First ReadingActs 1:15-17, 20A, 20C-26: “Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 103: The Lord has set his throne in heaven.”
  • Second Reading1 John 4:11-16: “God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”
  • Gospel John 17:11B-19: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.”

Themes for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year B

The readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter for Year B tell us that God knows our hearts and wants us to belong to him, not to the world. The second reading tells us to be united with God in love. And in the gospel Jesus prays for his disciples, that they kept safe and be consecrated to the Good News. So this weeks focus can be on commitment, rejecting evil, and living lives of service.

  • Prayer
  • Unity
  • Protection from evil
  • Service

See the Homilies and Reflections section and the More Thoughts section for further expansion on these readings and some reflection questions for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year A.

Resources for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year B

St. Michael the Archangel Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel is a warrior who fights evil. He is a protector.  Children can understand St. Michael as a spiritual superhero whose nemesis is Satan.  He is often depicted dressed in armor, but maybe a cape would be more appropriate.

Who Do You Belong To? – Reflection and Discussion Questions

This reflection will help youth consider what it means to “belong” to God. Do our lives reflect this belonging?

Homilies and Reflections for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year B

The High Priestly Prayer

From Bishop Robert Barron. As the Easter season draws to a close, we hear from one of the most magnificent passages in the Gospel of John—namely, the high priestly prayer of Jesus the night of the Last Supper. It is by far the longest discourse by Jesus anywhere in the New Testament, and it contains the seeds of Christian spirituality in its entirety. Read on.

Christ’s Prayer to the Father: Make Them Holy

Jeff Cavins—reflecting on the prayer of Jesus in John Chapter 17—encourages us to set ourselves apart in truth and to walk in faith and charity.

The Kingdom Remains

From Scott Hahn. The First Reading begins by giving us a time frame—the events take place during the days between Christ’s Ascension and Pentecost. We’re at the same point in our liturgical year. On Thursday we celebrated His being taken up in glory, and next Sunday we will celebrate His sending of the Spirit upon the Church. Read on.

Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year B

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

1 John 4:16

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