Vol: 46, No.32 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( C) May 19 2019  
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)
The basic tenets of Christian life are love and fraternal charity. These qualities need to be constantly nourished in order that the Christians may produce the desired fruit. In other words, individual Christians need to be constantly cared for as the shepherd cares for his sheep. For this reason all leaders of the Church are called shepherds after the example of Jesus who is the chief shepherd. Paul and Barnabas did this job to the best of their abilities. After having established communities on their first journey they revisited them on their return journey making sure that the Christians continued to live the faith that they had received and ensuring that there were leaders who looked after the spiritual life of the faithful. Christians on their part should love other Christians. They have to give glory to God through their lives. Do we give glory to God through our lives? Do love and fellowship reign in our communities? (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 return to Antioch of Syria from where they have begun their missionary journey. That Christian life is ridden with suffering is a catch phrase of Paul’s preaching in Acts).
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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