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Lifelong Catechesis

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October 16, 2018
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Easter

The sound of Alleluias fills the 50 days of Easter Sunday to Pentecost as we give thanks for the gift of our salvation. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion and resurrection of Christ in the sacred journey from Holy Thursday to Easter Vigil. "Dying he destroyed our death. Rising he restored our life."

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Reading I : Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48

A person from any nation is called to follow Christ.

  • In the first reading, it is evident that the early Church found it hard to accept that God's plan for salvation was not limited to the Jews.
  • The vision in Peter's dream prepares him for his meeting with Cornelius, a Gentile.
  • Peter baptizes Cornelius and his household, and he declares that God is not partial but loves all people.

Reading II : 1 John 4:7-10

Let us love one another.

  • The reading from 1 John is part of a series of statements that end with the crucial reminder that love comes from God.
  • The author wants to point out how much God loves us.
  • God demonstrated the extent of his love by sending his Son to give his life for us.

Gospel : John 15:9-17

So I have loved you.

  • Today's Gospel continues the theme of love with the message that God has loved us, so therefore, we must love one another.
  • Love demands all we are, to the point of giving up life for the sake of another.
  • God is the source and object of our love.