Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)
Scripture Readings*: Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 14:23-29 (5:1-9)
Paul’s European ministry begins with his attendance at a woman’s prayer meeting! Lydia, a well-to-do merchant who had turned from pagan idolatry to worship the God of Israel, opens her home and heart to Paul and his message, resulting in the salvation of her household.
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John’s vision of the New Jerusalem (the symbol of God’s presence) is depicted as glistening with jewels. He realizes that there is no temple in the city, for God Himself is present and provides its light… a beacon for all humankind.
John 14:23-29 (5:1-9)
Love for Christ is not a shallow emotion to be talked about. When we love Christ it means that we also obey His Word by the power of the Holy Spirit. Those who learn and live His Word enjoy an intimate and satisfying relationship with the Father and Son.
The Power of Love
The love of God is transformative. It enables us to see the power of possibility – to walk toward a future that is better, brighter than we can imagine.
In today’s readings, we see how love transforms individuals and families. Lydia’s heart is open to hear the words of the disciples as the Word of God. Her heart is changed and she is moved to open her home to the disciples. Her act of obedience and hospitality becomes a means of salvation for her entire household. Love creates a new legacy of faith for Lydia and her family.
Love also has the power to heal. Jesus speaks loving words to His disciples, overcoming fear with faith and leaving their hearts at peace. Later in the Gospel reading, he looks with compassion on the ill. He sees their desire for wholeness and their inability to find it in their own power. Jesus offers healing, saying, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” Whether it is fear or illness that paralyzes, God’s love brings healing and an opportunity to walk with Christ.
Jesus offers this same love to us. He wants to transform our lives with a legacy of faith and His gift of healing. He invites us to move beyond our fears or our past that keeps us paralyzed and invites us to “stand up and walk” with Him toward a future of promise and purpose.
Prayer for Sixth Sunday of Easter – Merciful God, pour into my heart a love for you that opens my eyes to your promise of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Amen.
*Readings are from the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C