Weekend Word: A new heaven, a new earth!

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Time again to sit down with the scriptures for the coming weekend and prepare to hear the Word that will be proclaimed on this Fifth Sunday of Easter.

You'll find the scripture texts and commentary on them here and if you're shepherding children to Mass this weekend you'll find tips on helping young ones prepare to hear the Word here.

The first lesson, from the Book of Acts, recounts the early preaching missions of Paul and Barnabas and how they opened the door of faith to the Gentiles (non-Jews). That last bit may not startle us but it was big news in its day!

The second lesson, from Revelation, offers us John's vision of a new heaven and a new earth and a new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven... and that sounds like something we might hunger for in our own times. In John's vision God makes his dwelling with the human race, promising to wipe away every tear from our eyes, where there will be no more death, mourning, wailing or pain... again - that's good news!

The gospel is a brief passage from John, from Jesus' Last Supper discourse. Judas makes a surprise visit here in the Easter season! The passage ends with words we don't hear often enough, This is how all will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.


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