Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B, 3rd May 2015

Make your home in me as I make mine in you

This week we ponder the wonderful truth that we are called to share in the life of God through the resurrection of Jesus. By ourselves, we can do nothing. We must remain part of the vine that is Jesus and his life in us (Gospel).

We do this by keeping God’s commandments: to believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and to love one another (2nd Reading). We make our home in God, as God makes a home in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We can see this power at work in the life of Paul, who will become the apostle to the Gentiles. His change of heart and the fervour of his conversion to faith in Jesus were so dramatic that many believers could not, at first, believe the truth of it (1st Reading).

The Psalm, from which we heard sorrowful lines on Palm Sunday, now becomes our hymn of Easter praise:
“And my soul shall live for him, my children serve him: they shall tell of the Lord to generations yet to come….”These things the Lord has done”

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