Mass Readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C
- First Reading – Acts 14:21-27: “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 145: “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
- Second Reading – Revelation 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.”
- Gospel – John 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.”
Themes for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C
The readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter year C tell us that suffering can be a part of discipleship, but we can look to the future with hope. In the first reading Paul and Barnabas speak of the hardships which much be endured for the Kingdom of God. In the second reading John describes his vision of heaven. And in the gospel, before he is betrayed by Judas, Jesus tells his disciples that they must love as he loves.
- Ways to love
- Difficulties of discipleship
Resources for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C
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.
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.
In this game, youth use their facial expressions to pass their emotions around a circle. There is no winner or loser. This is just a game about how our faces can show our emotions.
Understanding the Book of Revelation can be difficult. Every time we participate in the Eucharistic celebration we are actually taking part in a liturgy where heaven intersects with earth.
Guide Me to Heaven is a game which helps youth understand the importance of clear instructions and helping each other stay on the right path. It goes well with a meeting focused on heaven.
We know God sustains us and cares for us. This is a prayer based on Psalm 145, which is the responsorial psalm for this Sunday. It expresses praise to God for the way he watches over us.
Homilies and Reflections for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C
From Bishop Robert Barron: “Jesus was sent all the way down into sin and death that he might rescue us who had fallen into those depths.”
Bishop Robert Barron explains that Our passage for this Sunday is taken from the 21st chapter of the Book of Revelation, the penultimate chapter of the book. Hence, it is, if you will, the ringing finale of the entire Bible, the terminus ad quem of all of Scripture.
Scott Hahn tells us that until the end of time, the Church will declare to the world God’s mighty deeds, blessing His holy name and giving Him thanks, singing of the glories of His kingdom.
Jesus gives the world the freedom to look at how we live and decide if we are really demonstrating the love of God. Do we demonstrate sacrificial love? What if I don’t feel like loving someone?
If the local newspaper had been following you around during this past week looking for evidence that you were a disciple of Christ, what evidence would be most convincing? Jeff Cavins leads a reflection.
More Thoughts for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C
At this point in the gospel of John, the Jews are plotting to kill Jesus. He and his disciples had been staying in a remote village, almost in hiding John 11:54). Now they are in Jerusalem, celebrating the Passover. He knows that Judas will betray him.
Jesus could have spoken about many things at this point. Fear, betrayal, disappointment would all have been appropriate. But instead Jesus speaks of love and service. His trust in his loving Father allows him to not be moved by all of the evil and hatred around him.
But he speaks of love and continues his journey to the cross.
Reflection Questions for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C
- How do I respond to hatred and hostility?
- How can love conquer fear?
- How can I imitate the love which Jesus shows?
Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C
The One who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
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