We’re reading about the missionary journeys of Paul from the Acts of the Apostles and the Last Supper discourse of Jesus with his disciples from the Gospel of John these final weeks of the Easter Season, readings so different in tone. The Acts of the Apostles follows Paul on his fast-paced, adventurous mission to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth. John’s Gospel takes us to the hushed Supper Room where Jesus speaks his final words to his disciples.
Maybe we’re not getting thrown into prison or confronted by shouting crowds like Paul, but the daily journey and our duties in life can still try us, some days more than others. That’s why we need to keep listening to the One who speaks from the Supper Room.
Jesus describes himself as Bread, Shepherd, Vine, and Friend in the Easter readings from John’s Gospel. He wasn’t just speaking to his followers then, he’s speaking to us now. He also said “the Father and I are one.” The world receives daily bread, a shepherd’s care and the friendship of God. The Spirit has been sent to teach us all truth.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world with end. Amen.