SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Also Read: Mass Readings for 22 May 2022 Homily for 22 May 2022 – Easter Sunday
First Reading: Acts 15: 1-2, 22-29
The Council Resolution!
2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas, and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders. A debate or dissension could arise at any point in our lives. But through dialogue and discussion, we can find a solution. No dialogue equals no intent to find the solution.
28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
We see here how the apostles convened the Council at Jerusalem. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, they resolved a controversial issue of the time.
May we always call on the Holy Spirit in our time of need.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 67: 2-3, 5, 6 and 8
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
We pray for the Good Lord’s guidance now more than ever before!
Second Reading: Revelation 21: 10-14, 22-23
The Peace-Making Council Members!
14 And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The apostles built up the foundation of the church and we will see them in glory! They exemplified peace-making through their dialogue and the power of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 15)
22 I saw no temple in the city, for its temple, is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. God himself reigns in the New World; therefore there is no need for a monument to place him in!
He dwells among us!
Gospel: John 14: 23-29
Finding the King of Peace!
23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” Christ declares to us how heaven can reside in us! When we love him, we will keep his word. But how are we to keep his word, if we do not know his word in the first place? Hence it is imperative that we read the Holy Bible and not rely on merely glossing over quotes on social media. We must pick up the Holy Book in our hands and physically trace our fingers across the written Word. One verse a day is a good way to begin.
26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you.” When we humbly ask for the Holy Spirit to guide us, we will receive divine revelation. The Holy Book is Wisdom and Truth but we must not attempt to read it just for mental understanding. We will fail! Our faith and humility are the keys to finding scriptural meaning. Through our spiritual teacher the Holy Spirit, we will be able to receive divine instruction. We must be open to listening and intent on learning!
27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” The God of Peace comes and quietly nestles in our hearts when we surrender our ego, our time, and our attention to his bidding. The next time we find ourselves anxious or fearful, we must repeat these verses aloud. They are the Words of God and they have the power to bring life!