Large tree roots growing at the edge of a river. The 5th Sunday of Easter is a time to think about how we are rooted in Christ.

On the 5th Sunday of Easter, we consider that Jesus is always with us. Our lives must be rooted in him. If that is the case, then we can have the strength to truly follow him.

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Mass Readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year A

  • First ReadingActs 6:1-7: “As the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 33: “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.”
  • Second Reading1 Peter 2:4-9: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and a stone that will make people stumble, and a rock that will make them fall.”
  • GospelJohn 14:1-12: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Mass Readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year B

  • First ReadingActs 9:26-31: “When Saul arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.””
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 22: “I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.”
  • Second Reading1 John 3:18-24: “Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us.”
  • Gospel John 15:1-8: “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.”

Mass Readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C

  • First ReadingActs 14:21-27: “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 145: “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
  • Second ReadingRevelation 21:1-5A: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.”
  • GospelJohn 13:31-33A, 34-35: “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”

More About Lectionary Cycles

Learn more about the difference between a Bible and a Lectionary, how the Lectionary is arranged, and translations of the Bible used at Mass.






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