" In John 17, Jesus gives a ‘farewell speech’ to his beloved disciples and friends. He offers them words of great love and assurance: though he must return to the Father, he will always be with them through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, God’s Son, affirms that all who love him are fully united with him, and receive the same love and mercy that the Father gives to the Son. This is why we describe the universal Church as “The Body of Christ,” because in holy baptism, we are united with one another by the Holy Spirit, who enlivens, enriches and guides all believers, increasing their faith and stirring them to Christian witness and service. Thanks be to God that Jesus loves us and calls us by name, welcoming us into God’s Kingdom of mercy!" John 17:20-26

Peace to all,   Pastor Monica