Sunday 21 May 2017
6th Sunday of Easter. Week II Psalter. [St Christopher Magallanes & Cc].
Acts 8:5‑8, 14-17. Psalms 65(66):1-7, 16, 20. 1 Peter 3:15-18. John 14:15-21.
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy — Psalms 65(66):1-7, 16, 20.
‘I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you.’
Peter reminds us that, as Christians, we should always be ready to explain to anyone who enquires why we are people of enduring hope.
The main source of this hope is given in today’s gospel passage from Jesus’ Last Supper discourse. We have his assurance that, risen from the dead as our ‘hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27), he will always remain present to us in the gift of the Holy Spirit—loving us and revealing himself to us in our efforts to do God’s will.
How conscious am I of that presence and of that love as I go about my daily duties? Blessed John Henry Newman writes: ‘A true Christian, then, may almost be defined as one who has a ruling sense of God’s presence within him [or her].’