MAY 16 Mon Easter Weekday, St. Gemma, Acts 14:5-18/Jn 14:21-26
17 Tue Easter Weekday Acts 14:19-28/Jn 14:27-31a
18 Wed Easter Weekday [St John I, Pope and Martyr] Acts 15:1-6/Jn 15:1-8
19 Thu Easter Weekday Acts 15:7-21/Jn 15:9-11
20 Fri Easter Weekday [St Bernardine of Siena, Priest] Acts 15:22-31/Jn 15:12-17
21 Sat Easter Weekday [St Christopher Magallanes, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs]
Acts 16:1-10/Jn 15:18-21
22 SUN SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29/Rv 21:10-14, 22-23/Jn 14:23-29
The gospel readings for the remainder of the Easter season are from the Farewell Discourse of Jesus from John’s gospel. He is going to the Father, Jesus says. What does that mean his disciples wonder?
“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. The Paraclete, the Spirit of truth, will teach them all things. Jesus will be present to them in signs.
“I will not leave you orphans,” Jesus says to them– and to us.
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. Their success raises question among some in Jerusalem. Are the gentiles taking over? To meet what some consider a threat and others an opportunity, a council was called in Jerusalem, which has enormous consequences for the church. (Wednesday-Friday)
Councils are important in the church. Can we say the Second Vatican Council has enormous consequences too?
Conflict causes the church to grow, Pope Francis commented 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.”
Recent changes in the Roman Curia approved by Pope Francis indicate where Pope Francis himself might stand in conflicts like this. The curial body on evangelization, headed by the pope himself, appears before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The pope is looking for a synodal Church, “ a Church, that is, of mutual listening, in which everyone has something to learn: the faithful people, the college of bishops, the Bishop of Rome: each listening to the other, and all listening to the Holy Spirit…to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”
Morning and Evening Prayers Week 1 here.