5th SUNDAY OF EASTER
Theme of the Sunday: The many Ways of Giving up One’s Life.
The central theme of today’s readings is the “many rooms” present in the house of the Father,
that is, the many ways we can help each other. In the gospel Jesus says that the way to the Father
is the service of our brothers and sisters. The second reading uses the image of a new building
and the first reading describes how the community of Jerusalem solved a problem.
Both readings help us to deepen our understanding of the message.
1st READING: Acts 6:1-7.
“ They picked out seven men full of the Holy Spirit.”
In these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured
against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
And the Twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we
should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out
from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we
may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the
word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full
of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and
Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and
they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the
number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests
were obedient to the faith.
THE WORD OF THE LORD
RESP. PSALM. Psalms 33:1-2.4-5.18-19. (R.22)
[ R ] May your merciful love be upon us, as we hope in you, O Lord.
Ring out your joy to the LORD, O you just; for praise is fitting for the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp; with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs. [R]
For the word of the LORD is faithful, and all his works to be trusted.
The LORD loves justice and right, and his merciful love fills the earth. [R]
Yes, the LORD’s eyes are on those who fear him, who hope in his merciful love,
to rescue their souls from death, to keep them alive in famine. [R]
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: John 14:6
V. I am the way, and the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, but by me.
GOSPEL: John 14:1-12.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
In those days: Jesus said to his disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God,
believe also in me, In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you
that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again
and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where
I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know
the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the
Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth
you know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me,
Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you
I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or else believe me for the sake of
the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works
that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.”
THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE IN TIMES OF TRIAL
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the World.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
Keep us in the embrace of your arms,
Help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.