Vol: 46, No.33 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( C) May 26 2019  
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 decision to extend the missionary preaching to a wider world was taken at Antioch of Syria which had become the second centre of Christianity after Jerusalem. Barnabas and Paul were chosen by the community of Antioch. In the first missionary journey Paul and Barnabas welcome believers on the basis of their faith in Jesus without insisting on the Jewish customs such as circumcision. This became a problem for the Jewish believers who insisted that all those who become believers including Gentiles should observe Jewish laws. This issue was settled in the Jerusalem council that was convoked in the year 50 A.D. where it was decided that converts to Christianity need observe Jewish laws except a few. Christians receive the Holy Spirit who is the power behind Christian living. Do we feel the power of the Spirit in our lives? Are Christian principles and demands burdensome for us? (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.
(Whether the Gentiles who embrace the faith should observe the Mosaic Law has been a problem that has plagued the early Christians. The first General Council has been convoked in Jerusalem about year 50 A.D. to tackle this issue).
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 and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the sake of our
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