The Weekend of May 25-26
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us as we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
In the Readings
First Reading Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2, 22-29
In the First Reading, some people from Judea are preaching that those who don’t follow the Jewish law of circumcision cannot be saved. This causes great debate and anger. So Paul and Barnabas go to Jerusalem to meet with the apostles and elders. The apostles and the church send representatives to Antioch along with Paul and Barnabas. They tell the Gentiles that “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right.”
Second Reading Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
In the Second Reading, an angels takes John, the author of Revelation, to a great, high mountain and shows him the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. The city gleams with the splendor of God and has the radiance of a precious stone. The city has a massive wall with twelve gates named after the twelve tribes of the Israelites. The city wall has a foundation consisting of twelve courses of stones inscribed with the names of the twelve apostles. John does not see a temple in the city because God is their temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon because its light comes from the glory of God with Lamb as its lamp.
Gospel John 14:23-29
In the Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples that whoever loves Him will keep His word, and the Father will love them, and God will come to them and make His dwelling with them. Jesus tells them “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave you; My peace I give you.” Jesus tells His disciples to not let their hearts be troubled. He will return one day. Instead, Jesus says, “If you loved Me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”
During the 5:00 Mass, we will welcome a new member into God’s family through Baptism!
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall before the First Reading.
Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s the idea that even the tiniest of actions, like the flap of a butterfly’s wing, can make huge differences in the world. During Lent, we were renewed by the Holy Spirit much like a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly. Now it’s time for us to “flap our wings” and change the lives of others. Join us this Easter as we learn to follow the Spirit and help the world be Transformed!
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