The 5th Week of Easter: Readings

May 3 Mon Saints Philip and James, Apostles Feast 1 Cor 15:1-8/Jn 14:6-14 

4 Tue Easter Weekday Acts 14:19-28/Jn 14:27-31a 

5 Wed Easter Weekday Acts 15:1-6/Jn 15:1-8 

6 Thu Easter WeekdayActs 15:7-21/Jn 15:9-11 

7 Fri Easter Weekday Acts 15:22-31/Jn 15:12-17 

.8 Sat Easter Weekday Acts 16:1-10/Jn 15:18-21 

9 SUN SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER11 Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/1 Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17  

The gospel readings for the remainder of the Easter season are from the Farewell Discourse from John’s gospel. Jesus says he is going to the Father. What does that mean, his disciples wonder. We celebrate on Monday of this week Philip, one of his questioning followers.

“I will not leave you orphans,” Jesus says, yet he will not be with them as he was before, but he will be with them as God is always with them. Now, the Paraclete, the Spirit of truth, will teach them all things; Jesus’ presence  will be signs.

The Acts of the Apostles continue to describe  the church’s journey in time. This week’s readings describe the successful missionary efforts of Paul and Barnabas among the gentiles in the Asia Minor cities of Lystra, Derbe, and Pisidia. The mission raises questions in the Jewish Christian community at Jerusalem. Are the gentiles taking over? To meet what some considered a threat and others an opportunity,  a council was called in Jerusalem, which has  enormous consequences for the church.

Conflict causes the church to grow, Pope Francis said some time ago: “But some in Jerusalem, when they heard this, became ‘nervous and sent Barnabas on an “apostolic visitation”: perhaps, with a little sense of humor we could say that this was the theological beginning of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: this apostolic visit by Barnabas. He saw, and he saw that things were going well.”

Morning and Evening Prayers Week 1 here.

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