A-Easter V 2017-05-14 & Mother’s Day

 

170514   Easter V   May 14, 2017  Mother’s Day

May 14, 2017                    FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

First Reading                   Acts 6:1–7

           A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

At that time, as the number of disciples continued to grow,

those who spoke Greek,

complained against those who spoke Hebrew

that their widows were being neglected

in the daily distribution of food. 

So, the Twelve assembled the whole community and said,

“It is not right that we neglect the word of God in order to serve the tables. 

Look among you, friends, for seven people

known to be wise and full of the Spirit,

and we will appoint them to this task.

This will permit us to devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 

This proposal pleased the community.

They chose Stephen, one filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,

Philip,

Prochorus [PRAH-kuh-ruhs],

Nicanor [nih-KAY-ner],

Timon [TIY-muhn],

Parmenas [PAHR-muh-nuhs],

and Nicholaus [nik-oh-LAY-us] of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 

They presented these followers to the apostles,

who prayed over them and laid hands on them. 

The word of God continued to spread.

The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly

and a great many priests embraced the faith.

           The word of God spoken through Luke in the Acts of the Apostles.


May 14, 2017                      FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

Second Reading                  First Peter 2:4-5

                  The second reading is from the First Letter of Peter and an interview with Cardinal Kasper author of Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life

In first Peter: 

Come to Christ, a living stone, rejected by mortals but approved, nonetheless,

and precious in God’s eyes. 

You too are living stones,

built as an edifice of spirit, into a holy priesthood,

offering spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ… 

With your life you are to sing the praises of God

who called you out of darkness into wonderful, divine light.

Cardinal Kasper says…..

You can start with the Latin term misericordia, which means mercy.

Misericordia means having a heart for the poor—poor in a large sense,

not only material poverty,

       but also relational poverty, spiritual poverty, cultural poverty, and so on. 

This is not only heart, not only an emotion,

but also an active attitude—

I have to change the situation of the other as much as I can.

But mercy is also not opposed to justice.

Justice is a minimum that we are obliged to do to the other

to respect each person as a human being—

to give each person what he or she must have.

But mercy is the maximum—it goes beyond justice.

Justice alone can be very cold.

Mercy sees a concrete person.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan,

the neighbor was the person the Samaritan met in the street.

He’s not obliged to help.

It’s not a question of justice.

But he goes beyond. He was moved in his heart.

He bent down in the dirt and helped this man.

That’s mercy.

The word of God recorded in the first letter of Peter and the words of Cardinal Kasper.

May 14, 2017                      FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

Gospel                                   John 14:1–12

            A reading from the holy gospel according to John.

Jesus spoke to the disciples:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled;

have faith in God and faith in me.  

In my Abba God’s house are many dwelling places.

If this were not so, I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come back again and take you with me,

            so that where I am you also may be.  

You know where I am going and you know the way.”  

Thomas replied,

“We do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”  

Jesus said,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

No one comes to God but through me.  

If you know me, you know my Abba God also. 

You know and have seen Abba God.”  

“Teacher,” Philip said, “Show us Abba God, and that will be enough for us.”  

Jesus replied,

“All this time I been with you, Philip, and you still do not know me?

Whoever sees me has seen Abba God.

How can you say, ‘Show us Abba God’?  

Do you not believe that I am in God and God is in me? 

The words I speak to you I do not speak on my own.  

God who lives in me accomplishes these works.  

Believe me that I am in God and God is in me,

            or believe me because of the works I do.  

“I solemnly assure you,

whoever believes in me will do the works I do,

and works far greater

because I go to Abba God.”

            The Good News of Our Salvation spoken through John.

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