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Fifth Week of Easter

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WE WILL FOLLOW YOU

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Acts. 16:1-10 & Jn.15:18-21

Saint Paul had drawn up his itinerary. But there had to be changes “when they reached the frontier of Mysia they thought to cross it into Bithynia, but as the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them, they went through Mysia and came to Troas.” Obviously the Holy Spirit had other plans!

It was revealed to Paul one night in a vision, “Come across to Macedonia and help us.” He wasted no time for he was convinced that God had called him to bring the Good News to the people of Macedonia. Paul could claim that he was truly guided by the Holy Spirit.

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THE REAL CHALLENGE OF LOVE

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Acts. 15:22-31 & Jn. 15:12-17

When the pagans converted to Christianity there was bound to be a difficult period of adjustment. They needed guidance but they were receiving conflicting advice from leading Jewish converts and even some of the apostles. Should converts from paganism accept circumcision before they could become Christians? The apostles held a council and decided to simplify matters. They did not want to burden the pagans with inessential rules and mentioned only three prohibitions: food sacrificed to idols, meat from strangled animals and fornication.

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TRUE LOVE IS NOT BURDENSOME

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Acts. 15:7-21 & Jn. 15:9-11

Jesus commands His disciples to love one another, but He first says that He loves them as the Father loves Him. The Father loves the Son with perfect and infinite love and this same love is shown by Jesus for us. We can never exhaust the full depths of this mystery, but we can ask the Lord to show us more and more fully how unfailing and inexhaustible is His love for us.

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"I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES."

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Acts. 15:1-6 & Jn. 15:1-8

When Jesus tried to explain to His disciples Who He was, He used several different images … the Good Shepherd leading them, the Bread of Life feeding them, the Gateway to the Father and, in today's Gospel, He says "I am the Vine."

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CIRCLES OF LOVE

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Acts. 14:19-28 & Jn. 14:27-31

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HOW JESUS REVEALS HIMSELF TO US AS THE CHRIST

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Acts. 14:5-8 & Jn. 14:21-26

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ARE WE MAKING OUR LIVES FRUITFUL?

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Jn. 15:1-8.

All of us have but one life to live and we would all like to make a success of it. This is the message of today's Gospel reading. Jesus compared Himself and His disciples to a grapevine. Within a vine there are branches that bear fruit and those that do not. The barren branches are cut away, gathered into piles and burned. The fruitful branches are nurtured in order to make them more productive.

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WE WILL FOLLOW YOU

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 16:1-10 & Jn.15:18-21

Saint Paul had drawn up his itinerary. But there had to be changes “when they reached the frontier of Mysia they thought to cross it into Bithynia, but as the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them, they went through Mysia and came to Troas.” Obviously the Holy Spirit had other plans!

It was revealed to Paul one night in a vision, “Come across to Macedonia and help us.” He wasted no time for he was convinced that God had called him to bring the Good News to the people of Macedonia. Paul could claim that he was truly guided by the Holy Spirit.

Father Francis's picture

THE REAL CHALLENGE OF LOVE

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 15:22-31 & Jn. 15:12-17

When the pagans converted to Christianity there was bound to be a difficult period of adjustment. They needed guidance but they were receiving conflicting advice from leading Jewish converts and even some of the apostles. Should converts from paganism accept circumcision before they could become Christians? The apostles held a council and decided to simplify matters. They did not want to burden the pagans with inessential rules and mentioned only three prohibitions: food sacrificed to idols, meat from strangled animals and fornication.

Father Francis's picture

TRUE LOVE IS NOT BURDENSOME

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 15:7-21 & Jn. 15:9-11

Jesus commands His disciples to love one another, but He first says that He loves them as the Father loves Him. The Father loves the Son with perfect and infinite love and this same love is shown by Jesus for us. We can never exhaust the full depths of this mystery, but we can ask the Lord to show us more and more fully how unfailing and inexhaustible is His love for us.

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