Fifth Sunday of Easter - Year A
This week’s readings are filled with inspiration and information. Our first reading from the exciting book of Acts shares with us some of the growing pains of the early Church. As the Church grows, people complain that some of the poor and widows are not being looked after. So the twelve, (Remember Matthias was the successor of Judas, thus making up the twelve), get together and appoint 7 men to help serve the poor and the widows. Many theologians note that this is the beginning of the Diaconate, from where we get the term Deacons and part of their ministry is to serve the poor, the widows and to assist the Bishop, Priests and the community. Pretty cool! In the second reading, St. Peter reminds us who that we are a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation”. This echoes our baptismal promises and graces.
Finally our Lord in the Gospel responds to Phillip and takes us into the realm of revelation and mystery. He reveals that He that whoever has seen Him has seen the Father and that the Father is in Him and He is in the Father. Our Lord is the visible image of the invisible God! The sheer essence and power and majesty of the Father radiate from Jesus and are shared with us in a physical reality. It is a profound and beautiful mystery. This week, take some time to reflect on the Trinity and the Church and the fact that you are called to be Holy. Think about whom in your life could use some help. Maybe an elderly neighbor who needs groceries, or a person who needs their lawn mowed, or simply calling up someone who is lonely. Let them see the Christ radiating from you. One more thing, to all the Mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for being a Mom! May God richly bless you always