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Lifelong Catechesis

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September 18, 2019
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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 15:1-2, 22-29

The Spirit does not burden you.

  • In the reading from Acts, Paul describes a solution to the controversy regarding requirements of the Jewish law.
  • Christians at the time were convinced that converts to Christianity must keep the prescriptions of the Jewish law.
  • The early Church worked to solve these controversies through the wisdom of God in the Spirit.

Reading II : Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23

The glory of God is with you.

  • The reading from Revelation continues to describe a vision of the New Jerusalem.
  • The City was surrounded by the number twelve, the number for the fullness of Israel (twelve tribes) and the number for the fullness of the Church (twelve apostles).
  • The sign of God’s presence in the Temple was no longer necessary because now God dwells in the midst of the community.

Gospel : John 14:23-29

The Spirit will instruct you in everything.

  • The Gospel passage is Jesus’ promise of the presence of the Holy Spirit with the disciples.
  • Jesus will dwell forever with those who love him and are true to him.
  • This presence of God in the believer and in the community of believers bears much fruit.