Fifth Sunday of Easter

Welcome to the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend talk to our destination and how to get there – almost like a roadmap. In the first reading we see the continued expansion of Christ’s message and the conflicts that arose at times between the people as they formed the early church. In the first reading today the Hellenists (Jews who spoke Greek) raised concern about their widows being ignored during the distribution to those in need. This leads to the creation of a new group of church leaders (Deacons) in the Hellenist community so the Apostles can continue to preach God’s word to Israel. The second reading from the first letter of St. Peter lays the groundwork for how those who follow Jesus are to live. At this time the world was a dangerous and hostile place for Christians, yet Peter urges them to faithfully follow Christ, and that He is the foundation of their lives of faith:

“Come to Him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it says in Scripture:

Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame.”

This leads to the Gospel reading recalls Jesus’ Last Supper promise to bestow the spirit on the disciples. Jesus speaks about the “destination” by saying:

“In my Father’s House there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?”

Jesus tells them that “Where I am going, you know the way” which seems to confuse the apostles even more even to the point where Thomas asks “how can we know the way?” Jesus replies:

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father.”

And there it is – the destination and the roadmap outlining how to get there. We get to a “dwelling place in the Father’s house” by going through Jesus and those that have faith, believe in Jesus, and follow his commandments are the ones who will know the Father because they know Jesus.

God Bless

Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

1 Peter 2:4-9

John 14:1-12

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