Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Sunday Word

Not too late to prepare yourself for the weekend's celebration by reading and reflecting on the Sunday readings from Sacred Scripture.

The first reading for this Sixth Sunday of Easter comes again from the Acts of the Apostles and details the power and joy that came from Philip's preaching and the gift of the Holy Spirit shared through the laying on of hands. 

The second reading, from 1 Peter, counsels suffering for doing good rather than for doing evil and includes this challenging verse:

Always be ready to give an explanation
to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope...

What reasons support your hope? 
What explanation, what accounting might you offer for the hope you have?

The Gospel is from the farewell discourse in John's Gospel and gives us the comfort of these words:

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.