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Sixth Sunday of Easter
Cycle A
Readings: 1) Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 2) 1 Peter 3:15-18 3) John 14:15-21

    Since the beginning of time, humanity has asked one question, which is, at the same time, very simply and very profound: who is God? We human beings know, naturally, that there has to be a being infinitely superior to us. This world in which we live has to be the work of a superior intellect, someone who is much more powerful than humanity. Who is this being? Why were we created? What is the meaning of life?

    When our Lord lived here on earth there was much speculation about who was the true God. The majority of peoples and nations had a great number of gods. Those gods were bloody-handed and vengeful. They took care of themselves and looked down on beings that were less powerful. For them, humanity existed to be dominated as they wished.


    Among all the peoples of the earth, only the Jewish people had a different idea about who God was. For them Yahweh was not just the only God, he was also a different kind of God all together. The Jews believed that Yahweh was not an evil god. He was a God who loved his people so much that he made a covenant with them. It was a simple, but profoundly moving, promise. And, during the long history of the Jewish people, God continued to repeat his promise, "I will be your God and you will be my people." God promised to love and be faithful to his people. He promised to protect them. In exchange, his people promised to love God and to be faithful to him. They also promised to obey his laws. These are the bases for a relationship with God: love, fidelity and obedience.


    The First Reading shows us that after the Resurrection of the Lord the great news that the apostles proclaimed was very simple. God shows no partiality; all those who fear him and act uprightly are acceptable to him, without regard to nation. Jesus Christ, God himself born among us, amplified the promise made to the Jewish people. From that moment on, all the peoples of the earth share in that same promise.


    God makes us an offer of friendship and total dedication that goes far beyond our understanding. On many occasions, we could ask ourselves, with humanity being as it is, how can God love us? This is the great mystery. In the Gospel Reading, Jesus tells us, "He who loves me will obey my words, and my Father will love him and we will abide in him." Our Lord tells us that we should not fear. He promises us that if we are faithful to him, if we follow his teachings during our life, and if we love him. He will be faithful to us, he will protect us and he will love us.


    We Christians today, like the Christians in apostolic times, have the obligation to proclaim that great love that God has for all humanity. In Gentium et spes, the Second Vatican Council said that the human being is the "only creature on earth that God has loved for its own sake." (Gaudium et spes, 24) In his First Letter, Saint John tells us, "Love consists in this: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us first." (1 John 4:10) This is the Gospel, the good news, which the Church announces throughout the world.