FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
2nd May 2021


Dear Parishioner

Today's Scripture selections emphasize the need for Christians to abide in Christ as a condition for producing fruits of kindness, mercy, charity, and holiness.

The first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, testifies to the abundance of spiritual fruits yielded by the apostles because of their close bond with the risen Lord. The reading tells us how the Lord pruned the former Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus, a fanatic who had persecuted the Church, to produce a fruit-bearing branch called Paul, the zealous Apostle to the Gentiles, entirely dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel.

In today's second reading, John, in his first letter to the Church, explains that only if we remain united to Christ by putting our Faith in him and drawing our spiritual strength from him, will we be able to obey God's commandments. Especially the commandment of love, loving one another as Jesus commanded us.

In the Gospel, taken from the Last Supper discourse, Jesus uses his favourite image of the vine and branches to help his disciples understand the closeness of their relationship with him and the necessity of their maintaining it. They are not simply rabbi and disciples. Their lives are mutually dependent - as close as a vine and its branches. In fact, in using this image, Jesus is explaining to them and to us what our relationship with him should be like.

So let us happily take up the needed pruning in our Christian life and abide in Christ and let Christ abide in us.

SEND O LORD, HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH.

Fr. Sabu Pariyadan RCJ


Notices:

Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Sunday: Fr John Kennedy
Tuesday: Canon Thomas Norris, Fr Feargus Saurin, Fr Andrew Dorricott
Wednesday: Canon Patrick Palmer, Canon Basil Booker, Fr John O'Callaghan
Saturday: Margaret Logan
Sunday: Canon Brian Grady, Canon John Duckett


NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)

First Reading: Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48
The Holy spirit has been poured out on the pagans too.

Second Reading: 1 John 4:7-10
God is love.

Gospel: John 15:9-17
A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.