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Fifth Sunday of Easter - Year A

Sunday, 14 May, 2017
John 14:1-12

The Word of God this Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Easter, calls each of us to recognise Jesus as the only Saviour and to dedicate our lives to building up his kingdom.

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we hear how the apostles - together with the community - selected co-workers with the apostles to serve as priests, deacons and pastoral workers.  In recalling this event each of us is reminded that we all have a role to play in building up God’s reign.

The second reading - from the First Letter of Saint Peter - builds on this teaching by describing Christ as the keystone and cornerstone of a building of which each one of us must also be a component.  We are to be living stones, each in our own way supporting and adorning the overall architecture of God’s kingdom.

In the Gospel Jesus teaches that there is no other way into the heaven of eternal joy with God except by way of Jesus himself.  “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” he says.  In other words, Jesus is our only access to God, this gateway to God is available because Jesus - in his very self - reveals the identity and truth of God.  Through his passion, death and resurrection we have a way to receive God’s life within us, a life that will never die. 

For all of this good news we keep singing our Easter Alleluias of praise to God!

- Fr Conor Cunningham PP
Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin