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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER C Lectionary: 57

Reading 1 - ACTS 15:1-2, 22-29

Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church, decided to choose representatives and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers. This is the letter delivered by them: “The apostles and the elders, your brothers, to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia of Gentile origin: greetings. Since we have heard that some of our number who went out without any mandate from us have upset you with their teachings and disturbed your peace of mind, we have with one accord decided to choose representatives and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. So we are sending Judas and Silas who will also convey this same message by word of mouth: ‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’”

Responsorial Psalm - PS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8

  1. R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you! or: R. Alleluia. May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. So may your way be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation. R. O God, let all the nations praise you! or: R. Allelui May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide. R. O God, let all the nations praise you! or: R. Alleluia. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you! May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him! R. O God, let all the nations praise you! or: R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 - REV 21:10-14, 22-23

The angel took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It gleamed with the splendor of God. Its radiance was like that of a precious stone, like jasper, clear as crystal. It had a massive, high wall, with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed and on which names were inscribed, the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites. There were three gates facing east, three north, three south, and three west. The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. I saw no temple in the city for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb.

Gospel - JN 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”

FOCUS QUESTIONS - 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER C

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These questions are for reflection and discussion, if you choose. Please understand that the homily may not address any of these questions directly. God speaks to hearts that are prepared.

1.What was the cause of the dissension mentioned in the first reading? What was the role of the apostles in resolving this problem? How is dissension in the church today resolved?

2.What did the decision reached by the meeting in Jerusalem say about the convenient God made with Israel through Moses? How did this decision help believers to understand the new and everlasting covent Christ inaugurated through Christ’s death and resurrection?

3.What was the role of the Holy Spirit in settling the dispute? Do you think a dispute like this could have been resolved before the Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost?

4.The Psalm calls upon all nations to praise God. How would this psalm have helped resolve the dispute in the first reading? Can you connect the references to a kingdom in the Psalm to the statement in the first reading that kingdom of God is entered only through many hardships?

5.In John’s vision in the second reading, the names of the twelve tribes of Israel are inscribed above the gates into the new Jerusalem. What is the purpose of a gate? What does this represent? Does it reflect anything we read in today’s Psalm?

6.In the second reading, the names of the twelve Apostles are inscribed where? What is the difference between a wall and a gate? How does this vision of John relate to the first reading?

7.According to the words of Jesus in the Gospel., how do we demonstrate our love of Jesus? What would you conclude about someone who does not think it is necessary to pay attention to the words of Jesus?

8.What does Jesus promise that the Holy Spirit is going to do for the Apostles? How do we see this promise at work in the first reading? Can we equate official Church teaching today with the words of Jesus that we must keep?

9.What words from the Gospel do we hear at Holy Mass every week? How is this related to His promise of I am going away and I will come back to you?

10.What has God spoken to you, and what do you intend to do about it?

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