Preaching The Word
THIS WEEK’S SCRIPTURES
May 19, 2019
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 14:21–27 + Revelation 21:1–5a + John 31–33a, 34–35
Reflection by: Dyann Brown, OPA
It’s a wonderful feeling to see someone’s surprise and acknowledging smile when hearing those words several weeks following Easter Sunday which celebrates Christ’s resurrection. That greeting reminds me of the premium space this glorious event occupies on the liturgical calendar. It’s a big Catholic deal.
John, in the second reading, tells us that a new world order has taken place and the bond of love that God has in store for us—that God dwells with us and we will be His people.
In today’s gospel, Jesus hints at the short time left to share with the disciples at the Last Supper as He prepares for His impending and grueling holy sacrifice. He offers Himself in his last loving command—“Love one another as I have loved you.” Can you feel the depth and breadth of His love as He fortifies the disciples with this last commandment? What a piercing remembrance that His love for us is unending. Yet, He does not stop there. To further strengthen them, Jesus adds that they should love one another in the same manner. In this way, all they meet will know that they are disciples of Jesus Christ. Let’s pray our actions continue to demonstrate that commandment. Happy Easter.
Responsorial Psalm: I will praise you for ever,
my king and my God.