First Reading: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Second Reading: Revelation 21: 10-14, 22-23
Gospel: John 14:23-29
In the first reading today, Paul, Barnabas, and the disciples who served the early Christian communities with them, taught the people not to put so many burdens on persons who desired to be a part of their faith communities. The second reading speaks of John’s vision of the holy city of Jerusalem, having twelve gates and ways to enter that holy city. In the Psalm we pray: “Let all the nations, and all the people praise you, O God!” There seems to be a theme of inclusion, welcome, and acceptance in these Scriptures for us to ponder. In the Gospel, Jesus asks us to love him and keep his word, because he wants to come and make his dwelling within each of us.
How do I experience Jesus dwelling within me and transforming my life in this Easter Season?
How can I open myself my fully to see Jesus present within every person I encounter each day?
Risen Jesus, open my eyes and my spirit to recognize and welcome you dwelling within me today. Renew and transform me in this Easter Season to find you present in all the persons I encounter each day and in the experiences which invite me to be more open, welcoming, and inclusive of other persons as I walk the journey of my life. Amen
Jane McConnell, osf