Vol: 43, No.30 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( C) May 01 2016  
Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, alleluia. (Isa 48:20)

The Christian way of life is ever dynamic, ever evolving, ever new because it is coming from God Who is ever new and dynamic. The marvellous birth of Jesus, his compassionate ministry among the people, his redemptive suffering, death, resurrection and ascension to God’s right hand, do not exhaust the plan of God. There are still more to be done. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, takes over the further teaching of the disciples that Jesus began. The Holy Spirit who assisted God in all the events of the Israelite history and brought about the birth of Jesus will now work along with the Father and the Son in the further advancement of the Church and its mission. In the Jerusalem Council, the apostles invoked the power of the Holy Spirit so that their deliberations and decisions would be in accordance with the plan of God. Do I recognize the power of the Spirit in my life? Do I try to change and bring renewal into my life? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/.....
Glory to God in the highest...

Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we
may always hold to in what we do. 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.
(The first General Council held in Jerusalem is noted for its openness, fluidity in the discussions, universality and dependence on God).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (15:1-2, 22-29)
Some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.
Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, with the following letter:
“The brethren, both the apostles and the elders, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting. Since we have heard that some persons from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, it has seemed good to us in assembly to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas
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