First Reading: Acts 14: 5-18/
Psalm: Ps 115: 1-2. 3-4. 15-16/
R.(1ab) Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
Gospel: Jn 14: 21-26
Mon: Easter Weekday
1st. Reading: Acts 14: 5-18/
21 After proclaiming the gospel in that town and making many disciples, they returned to Lystra and Iconium, and on to Antioch. 22 They were strengthening the disciples, and encouraging them to remain ﬁ rm in the faith; for they said, “We must go through many trials to enter the kingdom of God.” 23 In each church they appointed elders and, after praying and fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they had placed their faith. 24 Then they traveled through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. 25 They preached the word in Perga and went down to Attalia. 26 From there, they sailed back to Antioch, where they had ﬁrst been commended to God’s grace, for the task they had now completed.
Responsorial Psalm; Ps 115: 1-2. 3-4. 15-16/
1 Not to us, O Yahweh, not to us, but to your name be the glory; for the sake of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why should the pagans say, “Where is their God?”
3 There, in heaven, is our God; whatever he wishes, he does. 4 Not so, the hand-made idols, crafted in silver and gold.
15 May you be blessed by Yahweh, Maker of heaven and earth. 16 Heaven belongs to Yahweh, but the earth he has given to humans.
Gospel: Jn 14: 21-26
21 Whoever keeps my commandments is the one who loves me. If he loves me, he will also be loved by my Father; I too shall love him and show myself clearly to him.” 22 Judas—not Judas Iscariot—asked Jesus, “Lord, how can it be that you will show yourself clearly to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him; and we will come to him and live with him. 24 But if anyone does not love me, he will not keep my words; and these words that you hear are not mine, but the Father’s who sent me. 25 I told you all this while I am still with you. 26 From now on the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I have told you.
Love Begets Labor
The Rector of a major seminary, with whom I shared formation responsibilities, would periodically lament, half-jokingly and half-seriously: “I am tired of showing good example to the students. I need a break!” Many of us can identify with his frustration. It is hard to keep doing good things and be “a model.” But, in truth, this is hard only when love hasn’t swept us off the feet. Anyone in love would know that he or she would go any length to do anything for the beloved. No work is hard for the one in love. Jesus is spot on when he says if anyone loves him, he or she will truly keep his word, and if one doesn’t, it would be hard for that person to keep the word. Love always effects a spring on our feet. It is love that makes our feet like the hind’s feet and helps us climb and dance upon the mountain heights (cf. Hab 3:19).