Sunday, May 5, 2013


Time to open the Scriptures and begin to prepare to hear the Word to be proclaimed this Sixth Sunday of Easter.

The first reading this weekend tackles the issue of whether or not Gentile converts to Christianity needed first to become Jews.

The second reading offers another awesome vision from Revelation. The temple in Jerusalem had been destroyed - John offers here an image of a new Jerusalem descending from heaven - for John that's the Church of Christ, standing on the foundation of the 12 apostles. And what glorious imagery for the Lamb of God!

Today's Gospel takes us back to Jesus' farewell discourse at the Last Supper in which the Lord promises to send an Advocate, the Spirit, and to leave with his friends the gift of his peace - a peace beyond any the world might offer.