MAY 9 Mon Easter Weekday Acts 11:1-18/Jn 10:1-10
10 Tue Easter Weekday [St John of Avila, Church Doctor; USA: St Damien de Veuster,]
Acts 11:19-26/Jn 10:22-30
11 Wed Easter Weekday Acts 12:24—13:5a/Jn 12:44-50
12 Thu Easter Weekday [Sts Nereus and Achilleus, Martyrs; St Pancras, Martyr]
Acts 13:13-25/Jn 13:16-20
13 Fri Easter Weekday [Our Lady of Fatima] Acts 13:26-33/Jn 14:1-6
14 Sat Saint Matthias, Apostle Feast Acts 1:15-17, 20-26/Jn 15:9-17
15 SUN FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 14:21-27/Rv 21:1-5a/Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35
This week’s readings from the Acts of the Apostles describe the growth of the church in the Gentile world. Peter journeys to Joppa, the seaport Jonah embarked from on his mission to Nineveh. On his way he raises up a paralyzed man at Lydda and in Joppa he raise a young girl, Tabitha, from the dead–miracles similar to those Jesus worked.(Saturday, 3rd Week of Easter)
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, initiating a new phase in the church’s growth. His response is based, not on any human judgment, but because of signs from the Spirit.
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.
We are all involved, not just a chosen few, in bringing the gospel to others.
In the Gospel readings from John (Monday-Wednesday) Jesus continues to speak of himself as the Good Shepherd. As 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.
St. Matthias, chosen to succeed Judas as an apostle, is remembered on Saturday. He reminds us of the important role of an apostle– he’s a witness to the resurrection of Jesus.
Morning and Evening Prayer for the 4th week here.