Fri 19th May 2017

5th Week of Easter (A)
Acts 15:22-31
Ps. 57(56):8-9,10-12
Jn. 15:12-17   (Ps Wk I)

There is always a joy in doing the right thing. It is true that we Christians, like the rest of humanity, are sinners, but we are redeemed sinners; and therein lies our joy. The Gospel today reminds us that we are chosen for love. We have been sent out into the world to love one another. Sometimes we live as if we were sent into the world to compete with one another, or to dispute with one another, or even to quarrel with one another. But we Christians are to live in such a way that we show what is meant by loving our brothers and sisters.

Christ is our model of unconditional love and obedience to the will of the heavenly Father. This propelled him to go out and do his Father’s will. His disciples followed him and spread the good news to the Jews and Gentiles. Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles provides an example of that discipleship, as St. Paul and Barnabas, along with Judas and Silas, went to spread the good news to the ends of the earth. Today we Christians are called to spread this good news to our fellow human beings through our words and deeds.

Lord, Jesus, grant that we may live true Christian lives through our words and deeds.