Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
February 20, 2024


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

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Reading I : Acts 9:26-31

The church was at peace.

  • In the reading for the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples were unwilling to believe in Paul's radical conversion.
  • Through the influence of Barnabas, the disciples come to believe in the conversion of a former enemy.
  • The early Church begins to learn the strength of God's grace and forgiveness.

Reading II : 1 John 3:18-24

We are called to believe and to love one another.

  • The passage from the First Letter of John declares that if we truly live in God, we will love in deed as well as word.
  • Our task is to live in the life of Christ.
  • We are able to do this through the Spirit given to us.

Gospel : John 15:1-8

I am the vine.

  • The image of Jesus as the vine presented in today's Gospel comes from the figure of the vine common in the Old Testament.
  • Jesus, the vine, is the source of life for his disciples.
  • Life in Christ results in good works in the lives of his followers.