6th Sunday of Easter Year C
My peace I give unto you; let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid
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.
As we progress through Eastertide, the readings turn towards the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
In the First Reading we see its influence on the discussions to resolve the conflict between the early Christians during the Council of Jerusalem.
The Second Reading from the Book of Revelation describes the heavenly Jerusalem with the Lord and the Lamb in its midst, fulfilling all the hopes of Israel.
The Psalm is a song of thanksgiving for the blessings the Lord has given us.
In the Gospel, Jesus promises that he, together with the Father, will come to dwell in all those who keep his word, and announces the coming of the Spirit. He bestows on us his gift of peace, bringing us comfort and reassurance.
This week, we might want to pray for all those who do not accept the Word of God, or who do not know it in all its forms in their life. We may also ask that the love we feel for the Lord shows itself in loving deeds in our everyday life.