Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 14:21-27  | Ps. 145:8-13 | Rv. 21:1-5  | Jn. 13:31-35

All the readings teach us that God is doing something new.  Paul tells the Jews that since they rejected Jesus and His teaching he has been sent to the Gentiles in order that they may be saved.  Revelations tells us that the old order has passed away and that the new order has come through Jesus who has come to dwell with us.  God promises us that He will always be our God and will wipe away all our tears.  Jesus tells the apostles that God has glorified Him and God is glorified in Him.  Jesus gives them a new commandment which is “love one another.”  Jesus tells us to love others as He has loved us.  People will be able to recognize that we are His disciples through the love we have for others.

Take time today to reflect on this Gospel.  Do you believe that God loves you?  Name a time when you have felt God’s love for you.  Spend time recalling that moment.  Allow yourself to feel God’s love now.  After some moments of reflection, look for a way to share that love with others.  Check at the end of the day to see if you carried out that deed.

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