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Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 23, 2019
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1st Reading: Acts 14: 21-27
Resp. Psalm Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
2nd Reading: Revelation 21:1-5a
Gospel: John 13:31-33a, 34-35
It is interesting that Jesus said after Judas left (after the Last Supper) that the Son of Man is glorified. It is hard for us to think that Judas's evil deeds could glorify God or any evil deed for that matter. What Jesus said is not that Judas was doing God's Will but that God would receive glory through his betrayal that Judas instigated.
Ultimately it was Judas's betrayal of Jesus that was the final catalyst that set his crucifixion in motion. There were other catalysts too, like Jesus being born, his teaching, preaching , and miracles as well as his proper criticism of the the Pharisees that led to his death. Jesus had said that no one takes His life from Him, He willingly lays it down for us.
At the end of the Gospel Jesus said that we should love one another as He has loved us. In this they (others) shall know that we are His disciples — not think or feel or wonder if, but actually know they are His disciples. Knowledge is very important when it comes to decision-making. The decisions we make must be based on knowledge that God gives us because then we can be sure we are in His sanctifying grace. The knowledge that we need comes from catechesis, the Scriptures, insights from prayer and counsel if necessary. Then, we will help to transform this old earth even now to begin to mirror what the new heavens and the new earth will be. Archbishop Sheen said that our heaven or hell begins now here on earth depending on how we live our lives.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD