Pastor's Desk: Fifth Sunday of Easter
Welcome everyone. This Sunday’s Gospel is a truly inspiring and encouraging reading where Jesus reveals God as the God of Love. Jesus summarised the 10 Commandments in just 2; Love of God, and Love of our neighbour. Very simple to say but quite a challenge to live by! And yet God has shown the depth of His love in the sending of His Son for our salvation.
Our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles is very important as the last line was a theme that Pope Benedict used when he called the Year of Faith into being. The line goes; “On their arrival they (Paul & Barnabas) assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the pagans”. As Pope Benedict said, “The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return”. Porta Fidei, Benedict XVI.
Let each one of us take the time to walk through the door of faith this year.