Vol: 46, No.33 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( C) May 26 2019  
Resurrection of Christ, increase in us, we pray, the fruits of this paschal Sacrament and pour into our hearts
the strength of this saving food. Through Christ our Lord.
When Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch after the First missionary Journey, they encounter a problem regarding the admission of the Gentiles into the Christian fold. Problem is created by some Jewish Christians who while coming to Antioch spread the news that the observance of the Mosaic Law is necessary for salvation. Now this position of the influential Jewish Christians is diametrically opposed to the teaching of Paul. But neither Paul nor the community of Antioch was able to solve the problem because some Christians of Antioch are reluctant to yield to the view of Paul and Barnabas that the Gentiles Christians have no need to submit to circumcision or observe the Mosaic Law. Hence, the community decides to forward the problem to the apostles in Jerusalem which is the mother Church. The meeting of the apostles and delegates in Jerusalem about 50 A.D. is the famous Jerusalem Council.
When the meeting is held, the apostolic and presbyteral college of Jerusalem officially recognizes the evangelization of the Gentiles, which has been initiated by Peter and carried out on a wide scale by Paul and Barnabas. It leads to the definitive break of the Christian Church from its Jewish matrix.
In any case, we see that the Jerusalem tries to settle the problem of dietary and marital disputes among the Gentile and Jewish Christians in the churches by invoking regulations from OT Code of Holiness (Lev 17–18) and passing them on to Christians of Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia in the form of a letter. This is the so-called Jerusalem Decree.
The Book of Revelation closes with a majestic view of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly Church of the future, the veritable kingdom of God. The heavenly Jerusalem that John sees as coming down from heaven is a glorious entity. It has twelve gates on which the names of the twelve tribes are written and the wall stands on twelve foundations representing the twelve apostles.
The disciple who loves Jesus will keep his word. But Jesus promises more: “and we will come to them and make our home with them.” When will this “coming” be? The Father and the Son will come and they will establish an abiding presence with the believer. At table with his disciples Jesus opens a discourse by speaking of a time between his departure and his future coming (vv 2-3). This period will be filled by the presence of the Paraclete and the life-giving presence of the departed and exalted Lord in the worshipping community. The departed Jesus comes to the disciples who are not abandoned as “orphans”. Those who love and believe experience the presence of the Lord Jesus and they can look forward to a final coming, when Jesus and the Father will abide definitively with them (v. 23).
Jesus leaves a precious gift with his disciples: the gift of peace. The peace Jesus offers is his peace, and it is this qualification that makes it something the world can never match. The peace of Jesus flows from his oneness with his Father and the authority he has with the Father, so that whatever is asked in his name will be given.
– AK
May / June 2019

(6th Week of Easter, Year I)

Psalter Week 2
27 Mon (W) St Augustine of Canterbury, Acts 16:11-15/ Ps 149:1-6, 9/ Jn 15: 26–16:4
28 Tue (W) Acts 16:22-34/ Ps 138:1-3, 7-8/ Jn 16:5-11
29 Wed (W) Acts 17:15, 22–18:1/ Ps 148:1-2, 11-14/ Jn 16:12-15
30 Thu (W) Acts 18:1-8/ Ps 98:1, 2-4/ Jn 16:16-20
31 Fri (W) The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast,
Zeph 3:14-18 or Rom 12:9-16/ Isa 12:2-6/ Lk 1:39-56
01 Sat (R) St Justin, Acts 18:23-28/ Ps 47:2-3, 8-10/ Jn 16:23-28
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