Gospel May 24, 2020

In the Ascension of the Lord, the First Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. Saint Luke describes the last forty days of the Risen Christ on earth, teaching and preparing the apostles for His departure. Jesus instructed the Apostles to remain in Jerusalem to receive the Holy Spirit, the source of power. Then Jesus was lifted up in the sky and was covered by a cloud covered: The disciples received the angelic message that the ascended Jesus would come back again in glory “in the same way as you have seen Him going into Heaven.” Jesus’ Ascension marks the end of his journey on earth and signals the beginning of a new era.  It is through the Holy Spirit that God's Plan of Salvation will continue until the end of time. And the mission of the Church also begins under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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Gospel May 17, 2020

On this sixth Sunday of Easter, the First Reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles. After the martyrdom of Stephen, a severe persecution broke out, and all the followers of Jesus except the Apostles scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. God uses this terrible event to bring the Good News to the people of Samaria, a people despised by Jews. These verses focus on the evangelization ministry of Philip, one of the first Seven Deacons: “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them.” 

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Gospel May 10, 2020

 

 

On this fifth Sunday of Easter, the First Reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles. As the Christian community “new Church” grows so rapidly in numbers, there is conflict around the care for poor widows. It seems that widows among the Hellenists -Greek-speaking Gentile Christian or to Jews who spoke only Greek- do not receive the same care as Hebrew widows -Palestinian Jews who spoke Aramaic- living in Jerusalem. This has also caused a problem for the Apostles. In caring for the widows, time set aside for the preaching of the Word has been reduced. The Apostles resolve both problems by having Greek-speaking Jews select seven men to take over the ministry of caring for the widows. The Apostles lay hands on the chosen seven and pray over them. And thus begins a new ordained ministry in the church— the diaconate.

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