Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Easter

Written on: May 11, 2022

First Reading: Acts 14:21-27
Psalm: 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-5a
Gospel: John 13:31-33a, 34-35

Written by: Sister Anne Zita Crudden, GNSH

In today’s first reading, we hear of Paul and Barnabas calling the Church together. Throughout their many travels, they reported what God had done with them and how the door of faith had been opened to the Gentiles. “They strengthened the spirits of the disciples, and exhorted them to persevere in the faith.”  They also cautioned each Church that it would not be easy, since there would be many hardships. Furthermore, they appointed elders for each church to assist in spreading the Good News. Their openness and support with each group indicated mutual respect.  Here, we witness the revered disciples of Jesus sharing the amazing news that even those who were not of the Jewish race were welcome.

How special that announcement is for us today!

Today’s Responsorial Psalm proclaims that we “…will praise God’s name for ever…”  We acknowledge God’s might, as well as God’s goodness and mercy.

Our second reading today from the Book of Revelation reminds us that, “God’s dwelling is with the human race”…and God, “…will always be with them.” In these days of conflict and acts of violence, we are still promised that, “…there shall be no more death or mourning… for the old order has passed away.”  John’s vision shows that, “… all things will be made new.”

Today’s Gospel takes us back to the scene of the Last Supper. As Judas leaves to begin his desperate act of betrayal, Jesus assures His remaining disciples of His love for them. Moreover, Jesus gives them-and us- a new commandment: to love one another.  This love will show others that they/we belong to Him. Jesus speaks plainly. He tells them that He will be leaving them soon.  Moreover, He announces that God is glorified in Him, and that He will be glorified by God.

  • Reflect:
    How do I practice this new commandment of love for one another in my words and actions?
  • What can I do to make today’s church more welcoming for all people?

    For a printable copy of the reflection, click here>> Reflection for 5th Sunday of Easter

5 thoughts on “Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Easter

  1. Eileen White says:

    Zita, I’m behind on checking out these reflections on our website. You did a great job of connecting the readings’ dots! I am especially glad for your reflection questions. How DO I practice this new commandment? Which leads me to ask, when do I forget that commandment or seem to by my action or inaction? Lots to pray about and think about. Thanks.

  2. Arlene Kisker says:

    Thank you for the reminder that as we grow older and need more help in certain areas, that we provide whatever aid we can to those who need it and do it with love, understanding and much patience.

  3. Barbara Schiavoni says:

    Today readings clearly show God’s love for all people and God’s desire for peace, justice, tolerance and love within the human family. This message is so needed in our country and world. Thank you for your fine reflection, Anne Zita.

  4. Sr. Nancy Kaczmarek says:

    You help me see how all the readings are connected by encouragement and love. Thank you for this good reflection.

  5. Sister Patricia Geary says:

    Thanks Anne Zita for reminding us that God makes a home with us. It may be difficult to realize that, especially as we watch the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, but we need look no further than the courage and faithfulness of the people there and the generosity of so many who offer comfort and hope.

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