Sunday Reflections

6th Sunday of Easter – May 5, 2024

Reflection by:

Reflection by:

Bob Sproule, Apostle of the Resurrection

The message in today’s gospel is probably the most likely response to a fundamental question, “what does it mean to be a Catholic”, or “what must I do to attain eternal life”?  For me, in response to either of these questions I often consider, focus on others as opposed to focus on self.

Living this way is an increasingly difficult challenge, especially in first world countries.  A challenge that is contrary to our egos as expressed today in the “me movement”, which is reinforced through social media.  How often do we see the word narcissist used to describe human behaviour? 

I often think about the joy expressed in today’s gospel when I focus on others versus the fear I often experience when I focus on myself, i.e. where have I fallen short in what I or others are expecting of me?  Today’s gospel also reminds us, “You did not choose me, but I chose you”.  God has given us life, “And I appointed you to go and bear fruit.”

We are also reminded in today’s second reading from John’s first letter of the most dramatic example of love in human history, “he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins”.

What are the behaviours we need to practice in witnessing to God’s love of us and our love of our fellow man?  When considering this question, remember we are not alone when responding.  God’s grace is also available through the gift of the Holy Spirit as mentioned by Peter in today’s first reading.  We just must ask for it.        

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