5th Sunday of Easter Year A


As we continue to celebrate Eastertide, our readings this week follow the early church and ponder the words Jesus gave us at the Last Supper.

The first reading shows how the disciples faced the growing tension between the Greek and Hebrew traditions. After discernment and prayer, they delegated tasks to resolve pastoral challenges.

The psalm is one of praise for God’s word and his work. It is also a prayer of trust.

For St Peter, it is clear that Christ is the foundation, the living cornerstone for all believers. We are to set ourselves close to him.

The Gospel is from Jesus’s discourse to his friends before he suffered and died. They are words of encouragement. In the light of the Resurrection, the disciples must have drawn strength from them. Jesus is with them: the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Jesus is our eternal destiny revealed and linked; in him, our lives have been configured to that destiny we hope for by making us a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people of God to announce his praises.

As we enter this week, let us keep our eyes on Jesus, even when we are concerned by all that is happening around us. May we strive to follow the Lord as the Way in joy and hope.

Joy and peace.