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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020

1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7
Resp. Psalm Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9 
Gospel: John 14:1-12 

Given the lack of belief among the Apostles it is understandable that Jesus would reassure the people that He has a place awaiting them in Heaven if they listen to Him and do their best. 

It is never God's intention to neglect us as the widows were being neglected in the first reading. If He seems to neglect or forget about us it is because we are being misled by the evil one or even by so-called, well-meaning people or, that He asks us to wait. To pray while waiting means that God is preparing us to receive in a proper manner, what He wants to give to us. He wants us to appreciate Him, the Gift-giver first then to use what He has given us for good.  

In the Gospel, Philip and Thomas seemed to be at a loss on how to do what Jesus asked of them. Very simple: believe what I say and then do what I do. For us it means to imitate Jesus in every way. It's not easy but always worth the effort. When we fail, we go to Confession. Hopefully since we see we are in need of mercy we will show mercy to others.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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