Year B, Lectionary 56
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
"In this week's reading from the Acts of the Apostles we see how the Good News has spread from its origin in Jerusalem and has now reached the coast of Palestine. The story takes place in Caesarea, headquarters of the Roman Empire in Palestine and home of Pontius Pilate. What is more, the Gospel has reached the house of a Gentile, a vivid sign that it is, in accordance with Jesus's wishes, for all people...."
Fr. Anthony Axe. "God has no Favourites." Torch. May 21, 2006
1 John 4:7-10
"God is love' (1 John 4.8): this verse must be the most quoted in the New Testament. Pope Benedict XVI took it as the theme of his first encyclical, Deus caritas est (25 December 2005). He chose it because it carries a message 'both timely and significant', as he says, 'in a world where the name of God is sometimes associated with vengeance or even a duty of hatred and violence'. He doesn't spell out..."
Fr. Fergus Kerr. "God is Love." Torch. May 17, 2009
"Same say that public speaking is an art of keeping a distance from one’s listeners. A good orator, like a trained fencer, is able to close the distance or widen it, according to the need. Sometimes we enjoy keeping others at distance. It gives us some sense of security. It provides us with personal space: a cotton wool shell that may help protecting our identity but which may also serve as a weapon."
Fr. Benedict Jonak. "Don't Keep Your Distance." Torch. May 13, 2012
"Apart from the persecution that later engulfed the early Christians, another challenge they had at the beginning was the internal struggle. It was difficult for Christians of Jewish background to associate with the Gentile converts. In fact the first council of Jerusalem presided by the Apostle James was to resolve the problem of circumcision which the Jewish Christians were imposing on the Gentiles as a “certificate of fitness” to validate their faith in the early..."
Father Lawrence Obilor. "The difficult path of love." A Catholic Moment. May 9, 2021
"We are approaching the end of the Easter season and the great feast of Pentecost, and already the sound of the mighty wind that will descend on the apostles like fire on that day is rumbling in the background of this Sunday’s readings. The great gift of the Holy Spirit when he comes is of course charity. When the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling within us at our Baptism, he forges in us a bond..."
Fr. Nicholas Crowe. "The Spirit Empowers Us to Love." Torch. May 5, 2021
"It is with these telling words that Pope Francis begins his Apostolic Exhortation 'The Joy of the Gospel': “Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt and the desire to do good fades.” In today’s gospel, prayerfully received, the voice of Jesus..."
Fr. John Farrell. "Co-Missioning." Torch. May 2, 2018
"Jesus was Jewish. Peter, John, the apostles, Mary and Joseph were all Jewish. As Christians we sometimes forget this. We have just kept the feast of St.Joseph. The main emphasis of the feast was on Joseph as a worker, but another traditional theme is how Jesus cared for his dying father Joseph. Joseph died as a good Jew. So why are we not Jewish? Why don’t we habitually eat kosher food?"
Fr. Peter Harries. "Chosen to be Friends." Torch. May 6, 2015
"Today's gospel reading is an excerpt from what St John tells us that Jesus said to his disciples just before he went out into the night to be arrested and crucified. It is such a famous passage that it is easy for us to switch off when it begins to be read in church, because we all think that we know it already. Yet if any passages in the Bible should trouble Christians, surely they..."
Fr. John Orme Mills. "Failing and Succeeding in Love." Torch. May 25, 2003