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Sunday Scripture Readings, May 22, 2011

By Sharon K. Perkins
Catholic News Service


May 22, Fifth Sunday of Easter

Cycle A Readings:

1) Acts 6:1-7

Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19

2) 1 Peter 2:4-9

Gospel: John 14:1-12

My husband and I have three grown children, and over the years I have been accustomed to hearing comments about their resemblance to us. It’s not really that surprising; they share our genetic material and so the high cheekbones, the eye color or shape of their hands are certainly going to look a lot like our own features.

But I was taken aback recently after reading an email from a professional who had just interviewed our son for a prospective internship. Although the man had never met us, he commented to a colleague, “Fine young man -- obviously from a good family!”

Something in the hour or so of their interaction had caused him to make the connection between our son’s exceptional qualities and the way we had raised him (the kind of affirmation that every parent welcomes!). In getting to know our son, the interviewer had, in a sense, been able to get to know his parents.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus assures his disciples of the profound connection between himself and his Father. When Philip doesn’t quite “get it,” Jesus invites him to look beyond the words he hears to the works that he has seen Jesus do. The Son’s own words and deeds are the surest indicator and pledge that the Father is present. Because of this, one’s belief in Jesus is also a demonstration of one’s belief in the Father.

But just as parenting our children has not been taken on with the primary objective of gaining compliments, Jesus and his Father have not glorified each other for their own mutual benefit. Rather, their relationship is one of supreme gift, poured out for the sake of the “chosen race” and “holy nation” to which we are called, so that in believing, we are able to do even greater works than the risen Lord, as Jesus says in this week’s readings. In this way, those who have never met our Father in heaven will come to know him through the works that we do.

QUESTIONS:

What work has Jesus done in your life that has clearly reflected the Father’s great love for you? What work has Jesus done through you that has enabled you to reveal the Father more clearly to others?

SCRIPTURE TO BE ILLUSTRATED:

“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

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