John 17:1-11 (7th Sunday of Easter) – May 21, 2023

Eternal life. Two words that carry so much weight. Eternal life. Two words that encompass so much promise, so much expectation, so much hope for a future that is beyond our gaze, and beyond our comprehension. In our Christian tradition, these words are used so regularly to describe the time after a loved one has passed or to speak to the promise that Christ gives us about what comes next. We hear things like, “We will have eternal life with God in heaven.” Or “we will have eternal life with Christ.” These are beautiful sayings that give us so much hope and fill us with comfort. But so often, we only think about that life with God as in the future, yet to come. In a life different from the one that we are in. But in Today’s Gospel we are told, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” And this… THIS is eternal life. That they may know You. What if eternal life is not just the expectation of what comes after this life, but begins far sooner than that? What if eternal life is as simple as us knowing God?

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