This Week’s Liturgy Calendar.
Paschal Tide. (B)
Sunday 6th May: 6th Sunday of Easter. (B)
The first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. It tells of the Baptism of Cornelius, the first pagan to receive the grace of baptism. This shows that God’s salvation is offered to all.
The second reading is from the first Letter of St. John. It contains one of the most important statements ever made about God. Love comes from God. God is love.
In the passage from St. John’s Gospel, Jesus leaves his friends the supreme commandment of love.
Monday 7th May: Monday in the 6th week of Easter.
In the two weeks from now until Pentecost, our attention is drawn to the Holy Spirit.
Paul, on his second missionary journey, reaches Macedonia and goes to a town called Philippi where he remains to preach and teach.
Jesus again tells the disciples that the ‘Advocate’ will be his witness. They, in turn, will be his witnesses and this will bring its own share of suffering.
Tuesday 8th May: Tuesday in the 6th week of Easter.
Paul is again in trouble when he casts an evil spirit out of a fortune-teller. He was arrested, beaten and imprisoned.
Jesus tells his disciples not be sad because he is going away. He repeats his promise of sending the Advocate who will show the world about sin, about who was right and about judgement.
Wednesday 9th May: Wednesday in the 6th week of Easter.
Paul travels to the great city of Athens where he preaches to the Greeks. He tries to show them that their statue to an unknown God was really one to the God about whom he was preaching. As soon as he started preaching about the risen Christ, many of them laughed at him and refused to accept his teaching.
Jesus continues teaching the disciples about the work of the Advocate he is sending to them. The Spirit of Truth will lead them to the complete truth. He will help them understand more clearly the link between Jesus and the Father.
Thursday 10th May: Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.
The Ascension of Jesus is the climax of his victory over sin and death. It is a day of joy and hope. Jesus wants us to share in his victory. It is important to realise that he has not left us; he is still with us helping us in our struggles.
Friday 11th May: Friday in 6th week of Easter.
Jesus was going to pass through his passion and death on the way to the joy of the resurrection. The disciples would have to pass through the pain of separation from Jesus. As a result, they become a little uncertain since they are aware how much it will be tested.
Similarly, the Church in our time is tried and tested daily, constantly renewing itself in the image of Christ.
Saturday 12th May: Saturday in the 6th week of Easter.
When we pray, what do we want God to do? Do we want to change Him so that he does what we want or do we seek his will for us? Do we make time to listen to him in prayer? Do we realise that as well as speaking to us in his word, in Christ, in the Gospel, he speaks to us in our personal history, the events of life, the people around us?
He is risen as he said