Thoughts on the Readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter (A) 2017

For this Sunday’s readings click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser. https://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051417.cfm 

I have a friend who, whenever he has a bad day, always has tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for supper.   He told me that ever since he was a little boy,   tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich has been his “go to” comfort food when he is stressed out or worried about something.   I suspect we all have certain “comfort foods” in our lives --- food that comforts us when we encounter difficult or trying days.   In addition to comfort food, though, I also believe there are certain scripture passages that provide comfort whenever we read them.  I think our Gospel for this Sunday is a case in point.   In that Gospel, Jesus reminds us that “We are not to let our hearts be troubled……….. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.”   And that he “will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.”  Jesus also tells us that he is “the way, and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”   

The above words of Jesus fill me (and I suspect most of us) with great comfort whenever I read them.   They remind me Jesus loves us so much that he wants to be with us always --- not just in this life --- but also in the life to come.   He is the way that leads to the Father and in his Father’s house there are dwelling places for all of us.  

Our first reading this weekend reminds us that roles and responsibilities began to develop in the early church, so that the word of God could “continue to spread.”

Our second reading this weekend is once again taken from the first letter of Saint Peter.  In it Peter reminds his audience that because of Jesus Christ they are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own.” 

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

  1. Have you ever had a troubled heart?   What/who gave you comfort?    
  2. Are there certain passages from scripture that are “comfort” passages for you? 
  3. What things do you do so that the word of God can continue to spread? 
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I am a Catholic since born. My present life is ruined by money and am living a miserable life because of debts. In the midst of all the trials, I pray everyday and everytime when I am in fear. I need God's intervention. Having a troubled heart, how should I pray with confidence to the Lord?

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