Sixth Week of Easter: May 1 - 7, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Sixth Week of EasterThe Sixth Week of Easter begins with the story of the early apostles going among the Samaritans and proclaiming Christ. After Peter and John laid hands on the Samaritans, "they received the Holy Spirit." In the Sunday Gospel Jesus consoles us by telling us he will not "not leave us orphans" but will remain with us, and ask the father to send another Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with us always.During the weekday readings, we learn of the work of the early disciples, emboldened by all they have seen, who preach and baptize and spread the good news. Paul has a vision of the Lord saying "Do not be afraid. Go on speaking and do not be silenced for I am with you." In the Gospels we are with Jesus, bidding us his farewell, in the Fourth Gospel. The reason we can be assured, after he leaves us, is that he and the Father are one. So, we can ask for anything, and the Father will give it to us.On Tuesday of this week, we interrupt our regular readings with the Feast of the Apostles, Philip and James. On Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord.The Psalm responses all week are joyful in this Easter season: The Lord takes delight in his people. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. At the end of the week, the Seventh Sunday of Easter sets the tone for the following Sunday's Pentecost as we read of the Apostles, Mary and other followers waiting in the upper room after the Ascension.