Reflection for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 1
This weekend, the Church throughout the world hears Acts 15: 1-2, 22-29. This reading reminds me that the dissension and debate we read about and hear in our world today are not new. Dissension has been going on since Adam and Eve and Abraham and Sarah and Hagar and everyone, everywhere! The question is: How do we deal with it? What do we do about it? We can look to the Acts of the Apostles and find “the apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole Church decided to choose representatives and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas” where they sent a letter of assurance “not to lay on you any burden beyond that which is strictly necessary.”
How I love those words! How many broken hearts and troubled lives are healed by those words? And they live today in Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation on Family - Amoris Laetitia - The joy of love! When you read it you will weep tears of joy. Jesus’ understanding heart, compassion and healthy challenges reign in Pope Francis’ writing.
This weekend we also hear John 14: 23-29 – Jesus promises us His Holy Spirit to be our advocate and teacher as He leaves peace with us, a peace unlike the peace the world gives.
For a moving description of the peace only God can give in the midst of illness, see Kathi Piehler’s reflection for May 1 posted on www.godswordmanyvoices.org website.
Deni Mack, D. Min
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