May 1 - Sixth Sunday of Easter: Our real home is in heaven

April 26th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of theApostles 15:1-2,22-29
The early Church community determines, with the help of the Holy Spirit, not toimpose the requirement of circumcision on Gentile Christians

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8
A prayer that all the nations sing praise to God.

Second Reading  Revelation 21:10-14,22-23
The vision of the splendor of the heavenly Jerusalem is described.

Gospel Reading
John 14:23-29

Our real home is inheaven "gleaming with the splendour of God" (Rev 21:11). However Godhas made his abode in our hearts as well: "If anyone loves me and keeps myword, I and my Father will come to dwell in him" (Jn 14:23)

April 24 - Fifth Sunday of Easter : Newness, Glory, and Love

April 19th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of theApostles 14:21-27
Paul and Barnabas proclaim the good news in many places.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm145:8-9,10-11,12-13
A song of praise to God.

Second Reading  Revelation 21:1-5a
John describes his vision of a new heaven and a new earth.

Gospel Reading
John 13:31-33a,34-35

According to the Gospel of John, the actuation and the realization of all these 3realities took place on the Cross. Therefore we are invited to experience thesame in our moments of joy and in moments of Sorrow.

April 17 - Fourth Sunday of Easter: The Good Shepherd Sunday

April 11th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32,40b-41 
The apostles are brought before the Sanhedrin and ordered to stop speaking in Jesus' name.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11-12,13
A song of praise to God who rescues us.

Second Reading  Revelation 5:11-14
John describes his vision of the praises that will be sung to the Lamb by every creature on heaven and earth.

Gospel Reading
John 21:1-19 (short form:John 21:1-14)

In the gospel reading Jesus identifies himself as the shepherd: “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me”(John 10:27). Remember, each week we take Jesus inside us in the Eucharist and our greatest protection and shepherding comes from within. Take the time to listen to Jesus. Spend some quality time this week with Jesus. Just a few minutes to listen quietly or reflect on his words can change your day. That is how we are nourished. And that is how we can be judged.

April 10 – Third Sunday of Easter: To love like Jesus

April 5th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16 
Peter and the apostles perform many signs and wonders.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24
A song of praise to the Lord.

Second Reading  Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19
John describes the instruction he received to write down his vision.

Gospel Reading
John 20:19-31

 

Todays Gospel presents to us the scene of Peter's repentance as three times Jesus asks him to make a profession of love. Jesus then explains just what Peter's love and leadership will require, foretelling Peter’s death by crucifixion: "you will stretch out your hands". This is agape love, that is self-forgetting love. Mother Theresa of Calcutta speaks of 'loving till it hurts'. That is Christian love. Can we love this way? Can we love the way Jesus loved?

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