Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9

Sixth Sunday of Easter, John 15:9-17

In today’s first reading we hear snippets of the story of Cornelius. This is a turning point for the first disciples; Cornelius was the first Gentile convert to the new gospel of Jesus Christ. Read the entire 10th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles for both Peter’s masterful summary of the Good News in verses 34-44 and for the account of a conversion in Peter’s life that prepared him to welcome Cornelius and his household.
In the second reading, we continue our Easter season reflection on how God’s love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ. The first letter of John attunes our ears for the gospel according to John and its revelation of Jesus’s sole commandment, love one another as I love you.

BJ Brown

Today’s readings can be found on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.