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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 1, 2016

THE THIRD WAY

This Sunday, our first reading describes the Council of Jerusalem: a meeting of the apostles and elders to discuss the necessity of the Mosaic Law for salvation. This law stated, among other things, that circumcision was a requirement for salvation; furthermore, it is a law that Jesus kept and never challenged.

However, we know through other readings that Peter, on the impulse of the Holy Spirit baptized the household of a Roman Centurion without requiring circumcision. Likewise, Paul extended the Faith to the Gentiles who where also uncircumcised.

So a council was convened to clarify what was necessary for salvation. But this is not the central issue at hand for us this Sunday; rather, it is how we find peace in our lives when change is all around us?

The Gospel answers this question for us: all that we need to know will be provided by the Holy Spirit. If we follow these instructions, then the peace of Christ will be with us.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67; Revelations 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29)

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