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Study, Pray, Serve: 5th Sunday of Easter

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Let’s explore some of the themes we find in the readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27

  • Paul and Barnabas proclaim the Good News and exhort the people to persevere in faith.
  • They appoint elders in the churches they have founded and announce that the door of faith is now opened to the Gentiles.

Psalm – 145:8-13

  • “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
  • God is gracious and merciful, and the Lord’s kingdom will endure for all ages.

2nd Reading – Revelation 21:1-5a

  • John has a vision of a new heaven and a new earth, along with the holy city of Jerusalem.
  • God will wipe away the tears from his people, for the Lord makes all things new.

Gospel – John 13:31-33a,34-35

  • God glorifies Jesus, the Son of Man, who will offer his life on the Cross for the salvation of the world.
  • Jesus gives a new commandment: Love one another, as the Lord loves us.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter


Catholic Inspiration Archives

Daily Mass: God gives us grace for the tough times. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus makes it clear in the Gospel of Luke that we will face tough times because of his name, yet he also encourages us to persevere, trusting that he will give us exactly what we need to carry on.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 34th Week of the Year


Catholic Inspiration Archives

33rd Sunday of the Year: When the tough times come.


Study: Consider a time when you felt paralyzed by fear.  What helped you to act in a healthy way?

Pray: Do you have a situation where you are struggling for the right words to day?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom to speak.

Serve:  Is someone struggling in your life right now?  How can you help them persevere?

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel Jesus responds to the questions of those who are wondering when the destruction of the Temple will happen.  Through the course of his dialogue three key points surface:

  1. Do not fear.
  2. Trust in the Lord for the wisdom to speak.
  3. Persevere!

These points are crucial – they touch so much of our daily lives!  How often have we experienced moments of fear, or searched for just the right words to say, or looked for strength when we felt weak?  This advice is solid, practical, and helpful.

And yet while we may very well find ourselves nodding in agreement, we also know that this is often hard to do.  Fear can suffocate us and manipulate how we speak and act; sometimes we speak and live to regret what we said or how we said it; and there are days when we wonder why are we doing what we do.

The Lord understands.  Christ faced his fears in the Garden of Gethsemane; he spoke to the hearts of those who persecuted him, even as he persevered on the way to Calvary.

Today we examine our lives for vulnerable spots where we are weak and prone to temptation.  It is here that we call upon the Lord – to face our fears, trust in God’s wisdom, and keep going with a strength that is greater than our own.

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