O Thou chosen seed of the Godhead, implanted into our being before all beginnings, and enduring after all endings, blessed be Thou, and all that comes to life among us by Thy means. Open unto us, we pray Thee, the inner ways we search for, and guide us toward the fulfillment of Thy great potencies. Be born within us, and bear within Thyself the intentions of our truest will, that Thou and we may grow together unto the eternal light whence every living entity hath come forth.
The lesson is taken from the words of Hermes, the Thrice Great Lord:
Mortal cannot draw near to immortal, transitory to everlasting, nor corruptible to incorruptible. Out of the two natures, immortal and mortal God has made one nature that of man. Thus has humanity been made in one part divine, and in another part mortal while man is in a body, but the right balance of the two, that is, of man, is reverence before all things which leads to goodness.
The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:
Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Fathers house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you into Myself, that where I am ye may be also. Now I have told you before it come to pass, that when it is come to pass ye might believe. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
A Homily for the Fifth Sunday After Easter
presented by the Most Reverend Stephan A. Hoeller, bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostic