5th Sunday of Easter Year A

Published on 09 May 2017
Stone wall at St Beuno's in North Wales

Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal.

O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia. Entrance antiphon

The Lord loves justice and right and fills the earth with his love. Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 32

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God. Second Reading, Peter 2:4–9

Trust in God still and trust in me. Gospel, John 14:1–12

Whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself. Gospel, John 14:1–12

The powerful theme running through today’s Liturgy is one of faith, hope and trust in God. During the coming week, in the good and not so good moments that make up my days, God’s Word is there to inspire, sustain and encourage me. How I have been feeling during the past week; what were the key moments? As I look back I may more easily be able to see God’s presence in them. Today’s Eastertide readings take me from the difficulties facing the early Church back to the time when Jesus spoke to his disciples of his imminent death. Enfolded in these readings is a glorious song of praise. In today’s world how different things would be if those in authority took their example from the disciples and committed themselves to prayer; seeking wisdom from the Holy Spirit in their decision making (First Reading). I am reminded that my hope is in our faithful God who loves justice and right and I offer him praise and thanksgiving (Psalm). In the Second Reading Peter speaks graphically about the difficulties encountered through lack of faith in God ... leading directly to a section of Jesus’ farewell to his disciples. Jesus repeatedly emphasises the crucial need to believe in his word; the ’oneness’ of him and his Father. He speaks of the extraordinary grace given to those who believe in him (Gospel)