The Word for the 6th Sunday of Easter:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
Our readings this week open with a problem… do you need to become a Jew
(that is, be circumcised) before you become a follower of Jesus? Paul
and Barnabus have been traveling and spreading the Gospel, but in their
wake others are traveling and preaching as well, and the community is
getting mixed messages. This story is ripe for discussion! Were these
“others” right? What authority did they have? Most importantly, how
did the Church respond?
In addition to our reading from Acts of the Apostles, we continue our journey through John's Revelation, with yet another amazing vision of a new Jerusalem... only in this version of Jerusalem, there is no temple... what does that mean? From there we continue our Gospel journey with John, and some very familiar words... as you read this Gospel, ask yourself why these words sound so familiar...