Vol: 43, No.29 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( C) April 24 2016  
O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia. (Ps 97:1-2)

There is no doubt that the dwelling of God is indeed with His people. For centuries the people of Israel felt within themselves that God was with them and attributed their successes to God and even if only in a faint way, their failures to themselves. But the most tangible presence of God among His people is in the person of Jesus. It does not matter how many years Jesus lived on earth or how many people recognized him as the Son of God. Jesus established his unassailable power and authority over human beings on account of his sacrificial death on the cross and the eventual bestowal of the glory on him by his Father. Nothing comes without a price. Jesus paid the price because he loved his disciples and continues to love everyone who professes his/her faith in him. Am I willing to love my neighbour as Jesus loved? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/ that I have greatly sinned,/ in my thoughts and in my words,/ in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/ through my fault,/ through my fault,/ through my most grievous fault;/ therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/ all the Angels and Saints,/ and you,/my brothers and sisters,/ to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(Paul and Barnabas after completing the first missionary journey return to Syrian Antioch from where they had commenced their journey).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (14:21-27)
Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed.
Then they passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia; and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. And when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
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