Let’s explore some of the themes in the readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter.
1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8,14-17
- Philip continues the ministry of Jesus in Samaria, driving out evil and performing mighty acts of healing.
- The Apostles, hearing about Philip’s ministry, send Peter and John to pray over the people that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
- “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.”
- Nature itself gives praise and glory to the tremendous deeds that God has done.
2nd Reading – 1st Peter 3:15-18
- This passage readily applies to our modern world, inspiring us to “be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.”
- The practical, spiritual advice reminds us to be reverent and gentle, keeping our focus on Christ.
Gospel – John 14:15-21
- Out of love for the Lord, we keep the commandments of Christ.
- Jesus will ask the Father to send us the Advocate – the Spirit of truth – to remain with us.
Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter
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