Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B

Published on 03 May 2021
A man holding the hand of a child walking on a beach.

God is love and we show we know God when we act with generous 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.

God’s love is both profoundly faithful and utterly overwhelming. This is what this Sunday’s readings reveal, with the First Reading showing a love that is also universal. The early disciples, at first limited in their mission, are now convinced that God’s love embraces everyone.

It’s a theme taken up in the Second Reading where St John says that God is love and acts lovingly when he sends his Son to reveal what true love means. God’s outreach to the whole human race is what today’s Psalm sings of so joyfully.

In the Gospel, St John goes on to speak ever more deeply of God’s love for us. He recalls Jesus’s teaching about his loving relationship with his Father and of his desire to make this relationship both known and available. All are invited into that same intimate relationship!

Perhaps this week, I might ask for the grace to let that teaching sink into my heart and become a reality in the way I live and by the fruit I bear.

‘Help me, Lord, to respond to your friendship by being a true friend to you through my loving relationships with my sisters, brothers and all of creation. Amen.’

The truth I have now come to realise is that God does not have favourites.     First Reading

This is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us.      Second Reading

As the Father has loved me so I have loved you. Remain in my love.      Gospel

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

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

Acts 10: 25–26.34–35.44–48; Psalm 97 (98); 1 John 4: 7–10; John 15: 9–17