6th Sunday of Easter Year B

Published on 30 Apr 2018
A sculpture of a mother in an embrace with her child

God is love!

Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion

these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord,

and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do.
The central theme of today’s readings is God’s unfailing and overwhelming love for humanity.

In the First Reading we hear of an incident at the house of the centurion Cornelius that marks a turning point for Peter and the whole church.

The Holy Spirit shows that the Christian message is for the whole human race – Gentiles as well as Jews.

The Psalm is a song of joy and wonder at the salvation offered by the Lord to all nations; a psalm Cornelius would have gladly sung.

The Second Reading gives the best definition of God to be found in the Bible: God is love. This is the very nature of God: he acts in love and sends his Son to reveal the fullness of his love.

In St John’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us of the centrality of his loving relationship with his Father. Throughout his life, he is responding to the Father’s love and making it known to us. Jesus invites his followers into the intimate relationship that exists between Father and Son. As his friends and disciples, he invites us to go and bear fruit and to love one another.

This week, I pray for the grace to recognise that I can bear fruit in my life – and to respond in unique ways to God’s love. I ask the Lord to help me live my life through loving relationships with my brothers and sisters, and with the living planet.
 

I have now come to realise that God does not have any favourites.   First Reading

Let us love one another since love comes from God.   Second Reading

Love one another as I have loved you.   Gospel

You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit.   Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further: Acts 10: 25–6, 34–5, 44–8; Psalm 97 (98); 1 John 4: 7–10; John 15: 9–17