Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


SUNDAY READINGS

The Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 26 (Cycle C) The Ascension of the Lord, June 2 (Cycle C)
First Reading:  Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Second Reading:  Revelations 21:10-14 and 22-23 Gospel:  John 14:23-29
First Reading:  Acts 1:1-11 Second Reading:  Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28 Gospel:  Luke 24:46-53

 In the Gospel today, Jesus continues to speak about love.  Those who live will experience God’s love in their lives and the gift of peace that only Christ can give.  Jesus also promises to send the Paraclete, or the Comforter, to his disciples.  The Paraclete is the Holy Spirit, who will guide the Church for all time.  Jesus’ followers will not be left on their own.

 

 

On this Seventh Sunday of Easter, most Catholics in the U.S. also celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.  Traditionally, Ascension Thursday occurred 40 days after Easter (May 30 this year); however, most dioceses in the U.S. have transferred this Holy Day of Obligation to the Sunday following it, which this year is today.

Everyone in the world needs a little inspiration, an uplift and a sense of well-being now and then.  In a small room tucked away in a forgotten part of Jerusalem, some scared followers of a Galilean rabbi were getting a pep talk, a little inspiration.  The focus of the talk however was not on them, but on the great work God was doing in their midst.

 

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

If Jesus’ gift to us is peace, why do we so often lack peace in our hearts, in our homes, and in our world?

What does loving Jesus and being true to his word have to do with the gift of peace that he promises?

We believe that God is Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The sign of the cross that we pray so often affirms our faith.  One day this week, become aware of yourself as a child of God the Father.  How does this affect you, your attitudes and your prayers?

How have other Christians inspired you?  Has their inspiration ever caused you to thank God?

God calls us to witness to his power. How can you give such witness this week?

 

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