May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
— Psalm 67:6
Dear Parish Family,
Both the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of John describe change, change which, as it is many times for us, was difficult for the people in those readings.
The gospel scene is Jesus’ conversation with His disciples on Holy Thursday night just before His arrest. He knew that their hearts were troubled because He had told them He was going away. While they would no longer be graced with His physical presence, Jesus reassured them of His special presence through His Spirit which His Father would send them. It was through this Spirit whom the disciples received at Pentecost that people came to believe the Gospel message. The community grew to include not only the Jewish community, but also non-Jews, the Gentiles. All were called to join the community. The first reading from Acts describes the tensions which the change in the makeup of the community caused.
While change in our lives is difficult, we all know that it is expected and is something that we have to live with. Let us never forget that our risen Lord, living in glory with His Father and ours, is always with us to calm our troubled hearts.
If you are able, please join us next Saturday at 4:30 as we celebrate Fr. Joel Fortier’s 50th ordination anniversary. Let us come together to praise and thank God for blessing His Church with Fr. Joel’s 50 years of service to God’s holy people.
In the Word,
First Reading — The question of whether circumcision is
necessary for salvation (Acts 15:1-2, 22-29).
Psalm — O God, let all the nations praise you! (Psalm 67)
Second Reading — John envisions the holy city, the new
Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23) or
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20.
Gospel — Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you (John 14:23-29) or John 17:20-26.
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 or Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Lk 24:46-53 (for Ascension); otherwise Acts 18:1-8; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 16:16-20
Fri: Zep 3:14-18a or Rom 12:9-16; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Lk 1:39-56
Sat: Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3, 8-10; Jn 16:23b-28
Sun: Acts 7:55-60; Ps 97:1-2, 6-7, 9; Rv 22:12-14, 16-17, 20; Jn 17:20-26; or, for Ascension, Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Eph 1:17-23 or Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Lk 24:46-53