St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - Naperville, IL

Father Don’s Weekly Message

Sixth Sunday in Easter
May 21, 2017

“I will ask the Father,
and he will give you . . .
the Spirit of truth.”

— John 14:16–17

There is a story about a couple whose marriage was on the rocks.  But the husband loved his wife and wanted to prove his love, so he decided to swim across the ocean.  She was not impressed!

Undaunted, he walked across the Gobi dessert.  He sent her a victory picture of himself at the Chinese border with parched, cracked lips.

She was still unimpressed!  He decided to climb Mount Everest.  They took a photo of him standing atop the 29,142-foot peak, holding up his black, frostbitten thumb.  He was sure he had won her back.  When he returned home, the divorce went through.  He asked her, “Why?” She answered “Well, you were never home!”

In today’s Gospel Jesus doesn’t expect us to swim oceans, cross deserts or climb mountains.  He only asks that we keep his commandments. That alone is proof of our love for him! Depending on your perspective it is as simple or hard as that!

Fr. Don


Sunday’s Readings

First Reading — The people of Samaria accepted the word of God preached by Philip; they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17).
Psalm — Let all the earth cry out to God with joy (Psalm 66).
Second Reading — Act with gentleness and reverence toward all, so that when you are maligned those who defame you will be the ones put to shame (1 Peter 3:15-18) or 1 Peter 4:13-16.
Gospel — I will not leave you orphans, but will come to you (John 14:15-21) or John 17:1-11a.

Readings for the Week

Mon:     Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Jn 15:26 — 16:4a
Tues:     Acts 16:22-34; Ps 138:1-3, 7c-8; Jn 16:5-11
Wed:     Acts 17:15, 22 — 18:1; Ps 148:1-2, 11-14; Jn 16:12-15
Thurs:  Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 (for Ascension); otherwise Acts 18:1-8; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 16:16-20
Fri:  Acts 18:9-18; Ps 47:2-7; Jn 16:20-23
Sat: Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3, 8-10; Jn 16:23b-28
Sun: Acts 1:12-14; Ps 27:1, 4, 7-8; 1 Pt 4:13-16;

Click here to find the daily readings on the USCCB website