6th Sunday of Easter

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First Reading: Acts 8:5 – 8, 14 – 17

Responsorial Psalm: 66:1-3, 4-7, 16, 20

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:15 – 18

Gospel Reading: John 14: 15 – 21

Reflection: A child who is loving and obedient to his/her parents always receives not only essentials but also extras. This is truth in life. Parents will go extra miles to treat their children with extras when they experience love and obedience from their children. And that is the truth in all levels of relationships. Jesus tells his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, ….” When we build that personal relationship with Jesus, we will submit ourselves to Him and He will show us the way, the life, and the truth of eternal life. He will connect us to His Father and to the Holy Spirit. Philip in the First Reading and Peter in the Second Reading remain faithful to Jesus throughout their life and they are made stronger and stronger to preach the Gospel. The psalmist invites us to, “Shout joyfully to God, ….to sing praise to the glory of his name.” Amen.  Let’s remember that we are Easter people and our song is Alleluia! Fr. Severine