Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Catholic Reflections : Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Sunday, 6 May 2018

Homily Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Sunday, 6 May 2018

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading: Acts 10:25-26. 34-35. 44-48. “The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
Psalm: Ps 97:1-4
Second Reading: 1 John 4:7-10
Gospel Acclamation: John 14:23
Gospel: John 15:9-17
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Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Sunday, 6 May 2018 by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/easter-6b-faith-hope-and-love  (EPISODE: 94 )
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All of the scripture readings this weekend say a lot about the core of Christ’s message.  There are quite a few lines that jump out at me as we listen to the readings this weekend.

Lines such as these:

Saint Peter said to Cornelius: “Get up. I myself am also a human being.”….. “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.”

“the believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles ….”

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. ,…..he loved us first and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

“I have told you  this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete.

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”

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These lines from the readings this weekend are profound and important, and worth deeper thought and reflection.

 In summary, what these lines say to me is, we must keep in mind that our Christian faith is not ultimately about us, but it is about God. That might, at first glance, seem to be an obvious truism, however, we do acknowledge that in a world where ME, ME, ME  is often front and centre,  we as a whole, can sometimes forget that we are merely men and women and not 'little gods' in charge of our destiny, and we are ultimately not the centre of our own world or the world around us. 

The other striking thought is that God does not have favourites.   Again, one could say, well of course!!,  but is it not true that we can fall into the trap of thinking God does have favourites and that you and I are one of those favourites and that there are others are not. Those who do not agree with me, are out and those who do are in.  SO, in that case, Saint Peter’s message of God’s love and favour for all,  is an important corrective. How wonderful that the Holy Spirit of God took initiative and fell upon Gentiles even before they were baptised. God’s Spirit blows where it wills and inspires and acts upon people in and outside the visible confines of religion and church and does what God wants.  That is also an important and humble corrective. We will never be able to limit God’s generous and proactive activity in and among the peoples and cultures of the world. Nor should we ever want to stop this divine right of God to do as God wishes and act in and through whom God wants.

Also, the readings today remind us that God’s very nature is LOVE. One cannot know God if we do not know love and do not show love. This love is to show itself in the way Jesus showed love. And the kind of love Jesus shows us is self-sacrificing love which gives and does not count the cost, and reaches out to give rather than grasping to possess. 

And in connection to this, God’s desire and plan for us is to have joy to the full and to be not servants or slaves but friends who are willing co-workers and colleagues with God, in God’s plans. We are indeed friends and colleagues, but also friends who know our place; in the sense that we never get a ‘big head’ and think that since we are “co-workers” and “friends” of Christ, we could ever “play God” over others.

So, today’s readings say to me: Be joyful, be loving, be free, be friends, be not slaves and begrudging labourers, and be as Christ showed us, because God is all about self-giving, sacrificing love which reaches out to everyone without fear and favour, and which is about practical and joyful service and compassion which reduces ego and self-interest and acts and thinks more as a brotherhood and sisterhood of humanity rather than “them and us”    These are sound foundations upon which to build our true discipleship of Christ.   
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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B
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Sunday, 6 May 2018)

(EPISODE: 94 )

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (or/ The Lord be with You)
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you healed the sick:Lord, have mercy//Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners:Christ, have mercy//Lord Jesus, you give us yourself to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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Easter V

Euch Prayer II

Communion side.  pwk: 
LH
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Go forth, the Mass is ended.


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