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Sixth Sunday of Easter
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?
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
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.