Sixth Sunday of Easter
The readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter present us with a rich tapestry of images and ideas, all pointing us toward a deeper understanding of the Christian life. From the early days of the Church, to the challenges of living as a faithful witness in a hostile world, to the promise of the Holy Spirit’s presence with us, these Scriptures offer us guidance and encouragement as we seek to follow Christ.
In the first reading from Acts (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17), we see the power of the Holy Spirit at work as Philip proclaims the Gospel in Samaria. Through Philip’s preaching, many come to believe in Christ and are baptized, and they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are reminded that the Holy Spirit is always at work in the world, drawing people to Christ and empowering them to live as his disciples.
In the second reading from 1 Peter (1 Peter 3:15-18), we are encouraged to be ready to give an account of our faith to anyone who asks. Peter reminds us that even in the face of suffering and persecution, we can be confident in our hope in Christ, who suffered for us and rose again. We are called to bear witness to our faith in a world that often does not understand or accept it, and to do so with gentleness and respect.
In the Gospel reading (John 14:15-21), Jesus promises that he will not leave his disciples orphaned, but will send them the Holy Spirit, who will abide with them forever. He tells his disciples that they will know him through the Spirit, who will teach them everything they need to know. Jesus’ words offer us comfort and reassurance that we are not alone in our journey of faith, but are always accompanied by the Holy Spirit, who guides us and sustains us.
As we reflect on these readings, we are challenged to consider how we are living out our faith in the world. Are we actively proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the good news of Christ’s love with those around us? Are we prepared to give an account of our faith when asked, and to do so with gentleness and respect? Are we relying on the Holy Spirit to guide us in our journey of faith, and are we open to the Spirit’s leading in our lives?
May this Sixth Sunday of Easter be a reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives, and may we be empowered by the Spirit to live as faithful witnesses to Christ’s love in the world.