Scripture Reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Year A, Lectionary 55

God continues to accompany us in our journey back to God with the Advocate, Counselor, Intercessor, Paraclete, etc. The Holy Spirit enables us to enter into communion with God the Father and God the Son. Like when Philip went down to Samaria and helped gather the people into God's church. Today we are to continue attracting others to Jesus by inviting them with our hope-filled lives.

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Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

“Sometimes the persecution, the crisis, the health challenges may be what God needs in order to take us to the next level of success. For many times we do not progress when we insist on remaining in our comfort zones.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | May 8, 2023

“So what is confirmation? It is a special grace of the Holy Spirit that can only be given by the Apostles and their successors and it's tied to the ritual of the laying on of hand. It's different than baptism but it's tied to baptism and it completes baptism.”

Catholic Productions | "The Sacrament of Confirmation" | Brant Pitre | May 11, 2020
Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20
1 Peter 3:15-18

“the resurrection stories did not begin with the resurrected body of Christ, did not begin with the resurrected body. When did it begin with? It began with the empty tomb.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | May 17, 2020

“What is the reason for my hope in a very painful time in our world? It's the fact that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.”

"Remain Positive But Stay Negative!" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | May 17, 2020
John 14:15-21

“God’s Word is not ink on a page but a proclamation directed to the hearts and minds of its hearers. It is a Word that seeks to form us, to inform us, and to reform us.”

"The Paraclete, the Spirit of truth" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | May 7, 2023

“As Christians, Jesus has invited us to let go of our burdens, to give the burdens to him, to give our burdens to the Holy Spirit so as to enjoy the ride to eternity”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | May 17, 2020
Overall Readings

“If the Incarnation, Christmas time, is Jesus being present in one place then Pentecost is Jesus being present in every place. And so the Holy Spirit is what makes Jesus alive for us today.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | May 14, 2023

“Do not give God leftovers. Who in here want a relationship with a human being where you getting from that other human being leftovers? Come on y'all.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Sr. Dr. Oralisa Martin | May 14, 2023

“the Spirit, people of God, helps you and I when we feel a little bit befuddled, disoriented even with these openings to still remain grounded in the right things. Grounded in the work of loving one another, laying down our lives as we're called to do”

Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | May 17, 2020

“When I think of that sign and look at the words, letters of 'hope' I like to say that it stands for 'holding on proclaiming Evangelion'”

Monsignor Raymond East | May 17, 2020

“Whatever lessons the future holds for all of us, teachers or not, may we always remain open to the movement of the Holy Spirit, live a life of joy, find hope in the young people around us and keep love at the center of all of our relationships just as Christ did”

Kristina M. Ortega | May 14, 2023

“Let us remember that we already have been given the gift of the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, who is urging us on saying 'giddy up, giddy up, I am by your side. I am right with you. I will not let you fail.'”

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM | May 8, 2020

“God gives no individual anything for the sake of that individual, amen? It is always meant for the whole.”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | May 14, 2023