April 26 Mon Easter Weekday Acts 11:1-18/Jn 10:1-10
27 Tue Easter Weekday Acts 11:19-26/Jn 10:22-30
28 Wed Easter Weekday [St Peter Chanel, Priest/martyr; St Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest]
Acts 12:24—13:5a/Jn 12:44-50
29 Thu Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Memorial
Acts 13:13-25/Jn 13:16-20
30 Fri Easter Weekday [Saint Pius V, Pope]
Acts 13:26-33/Jn 14:1-6
May 1 Sat Easter Weekday [Saint Joseph the Worker]
Acts 13:44-52/Jn 14:7-14
2 SUN FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Acts 9:26-31/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn 15:1-8
The growth of the church in the Gentile world is described in the readings from Acts this week. Peter journeys to Joppa, the seaport from which Jonah embarked on his mission to Nineveh. On his way he performs two miracles, raising up a paralyzed man at Lydda and in Joppa raising a young girl Tabitha from the dead–miracles similar to those Jesus worked.
Doubters question Peter for baptizing the Roman soldier Cornelius and eating at table with him. (Monday) “God has given life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too,” Peter responds.
The readings from Acts from Wednesday to Saturday describe Barnabas and Saul’s opening campaign into the Gentile world. Let’s not ignore, though, the reading from Tuesday which recalls the unknown survivors of the persecution of Stephen who, driven into the Gentile world, “speak to the Greeks, proclaiming the Lord Jesus to them. The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number turned to the Lord.” Clearly, others besides those we know brought the gospel to the Gentiles.
In the Gospel readings from John (Monday-Wednesday) Jesus continues to proclaim he is the Good Shepherd. As the Risen Lord, he goes before us, guiding his flock to final pasture. We hear his voice, not the voice of a stranger. His voice is the same as the Father’s voice.
On Thursday, the readings from John bring us back to the supper room. For the remaining days of the Easter season, we will listen to Jesus’ words of encouragement and love for his own who are in this world.
Catherine of Siena, one of the patrons of Europe and a doctor of the church, is celebrated April 29th.
Morning and Evening Prayer for the 4th week here.