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Sixth Sunday of Easter


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Readings:
1st Reading: Acts 15: 1­2, 22­29

Resp. Psalm Psalm 67: 2­3, 5, 6, 8
2nd Reading: Revelation 21:10­14, 22­23
Gospel: John 14:23­29

In the first reading, it was said to the Gentiles converting to Christianity that circumcision was no longer necessary, however being told that it was necessary by those from Judea. The Holy Spirit and the brethren in charge of them decided that only what was necessary should suffice.

This is how God deals with us. He only requires what is necessary for our salvation. This is not the limit, though. As St Teresa noted, He only has few good friends which means that we are the ones who limit our relationships with God, not Him. He wants deep intimate relationships with all of us. This means that we should not limit what He chooses to do for us by holding on to sinful things and ways of living. This means that we should attempt to do His Will with His help no matter what we would rather do. Jesus told St Faustina that what pains Him is that we limit the great graces He wants to bestow on us.

Jesus will continue to give us His peace to us. This is a lasting peace not the mere absence of war or annoyance or a cease fire. The graces we receive through the Sacraments are a testimony to this. If we don't have peace it is because we don't do what God tells us to do. The solution is simple. If we do have peace let's keep on the narrow way.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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