6th Sunday of Easter Year B

Sunday May 5, 2024

Mass Readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B

  • First Reading - Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48: "In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him."
  • Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4: "The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power."
  • Second Reading - 1 John 4:7-1: "In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins."
  • Gospel - John 15:9-17: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love."

Themes for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B

The readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B are a call to love each other just as we are loved by God. The second reading reminds us that God loves us and that God is love. And in the gospel, Jesus commands us to love in order that we might know real joy.

  • Human dignity
  • Sharing the love of God
  • Community
  • Joy
  • God's commandments

See the Homilies and Reflections section and the More Thoughts section for further expansion on these readings and some reflection questions for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B.

Resources for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B

Love One Another Lesson Plan

This Love One Another lesson plan will help youth consider what it means to love. Love is not a feeling. It is something we must decide to do.

A Prayer to Love One Another

Jesus tells us to love one another as he loves us. That is not easy! This Prayer to Love One Another asks for the grace to do just that.

People Sort Activity

People sort is an activity which can be used as an icebreaker or opening activity for a youth group meeting focused on human dignity, immigration, or institutional racism. Use the debrief time to have an honest discussion about why we

What Is Joy? – Reflection and Discussion Questions

This reflection will help youth think about the difference between joy and happiness. Even when life is difficult, we can still find joy through our faith in Jesus Christ.

Not in My Basket! Game

Not in My Basket is an active game where youth try to get their own balls in their own basket while keeping the other team’s balls out. This can be a good game to play for any topics of inclusion and exclusion.

Homilies and Reflections for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B

Reflections on Christian Love

Jeff Cavins shows us how this Sunday's readings teach us to imitate God in the way he loves, because only in this way can we become Christ's disciples.

Begotten By Love

From Scott Hahn. "God is love, and He revealed that love in sending His only Son to be a sacrificial offering for our sins." Continue reading.

God’s Marvelous Choice

From Bishop Robert Barron. Today’s Gospel presents the distinction between a generic spirituality, which emphasizes our decision for God, and authentic Christian faith, which is the recognition that God has chosen us in Christ. It is God’s choice—his election of us in Christ as not only his followers but his friends—that matters most.

Love Both Conditional and Unconditional

Also from Bishop Barron. We are often mistaken in thinking that we have to love God in order for God to love us. That’s not the case. God doesn’t need our love; his love for us is unconditional. But in order to get more out of God’s love, we have to give it away. The more we give, the more we have – “a delightful stream of grace” that spreads joy among us.

More Thoughts for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B

We experience the presence of God through the love of those we encounter in our everyday lives. And we bring the love of Christ to them. Through his words and example, Jesus has equipped us to bring the love of God into the world. And he has given us the Holy Spirit to empower us for this task.

John's gospel and letters focus on this love. He goes as far as to say "God is love." When we truly love, without partiality, we bring this truth to those around us. This is the calling of the Christian disciple.

Reflection Questions for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B

  • What are some concrete ways which I have experienced the love of God?
  • How can I make the love of Christ present to those I encounter today?
  • Who in my life especially needs to know the love of God right now?

Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

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