Mass Readings

May 19, 2018

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter – Mass in the Morning
Lectionary: 302

Reading 1 Acts 28:16-20, 30-31

When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
with the soldier who was guarding him.

Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.
When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,
although I had done nothing against our people
or our ancestral customs,
I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar,
even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you
and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel
that I wear these chains.”

He remained for two full years in his lodgings.
He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance
and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God
and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 11:4, 5 and 7

R. (see 7b) The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.
The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold,
his searching glance is on mankind.
R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.
The LORD searches the just and the wicked;
the lover of violence he hates.
For the LORD is just, he loves just deeds;
the upright shall see his face.
R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 16:7, 13

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
he will guide you to all truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 21:20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,
the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper
and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?”
When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?
You follow me.”
So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.
But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,
just “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?”

It is this disciple who testifies to these things
and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
There are also many other things that Jesus did,
but if these were to be described individually,
I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written.

Homily 5-19-2018
Rev. Fr. Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam 
Holy Angels Parish, St. Albans, Vermont 
May 19

Acts 28:16-20,30-31; Psalm 10:4-5,7; John 21:20-25
“God desires us to follow the examples of the saints by absorbing the vital sap of their virtues and turning it into our own life-blood, adapting it to our own individual capacities and particular circumstances.” Pope St John XXIII
1~ The demand to follow behind Jesus is something that has to agree with our way of life or call. Hence St. John XXIII further said, “I am not St. Aloysius, nor must I seek holiness in His particular way, but according to the requirements of my own nature, my own character and the different conditions of my life.”
2~ Peter was inquisitive to know what Jesus would say about John, the youngest of the apostles, but the Lord only replied, “If I want him to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you?” John 21:22. This was literally translated and it became a rumour, that they believed it instead of the context.
3~ Sometimes we have lived our lives on rumours, believed them and acted on them. Most of the world costliest mistakes were carried out based on rumours. Do not live on rumours. Do not interpret the mind of God or others, because we may end up bringing forth more rumours in the world.
4~ When Paul arrived at Rome, he called the leading Jews there and explained the reason why he was brought to Rome. This was because the rumour mongers had already spread it abroad that he had something against his people. Let us examine what we believe today, to save ourselves from believing in rumours.
5~ Dear friend, “It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.” Hans Urs von Balthasar. If you have heard God’s voice saying, “Follow me” don’t be afraid, because He can take care of you. May we follow in His footsteps today. Amen
His calling is a declaration of love. Your response is commitment, friendship, and love manifested in the gift of your own life as a definitive following and as a permanent sharing in his mission and in his consecrations. St. John Paul II. Be not afraid to follow Him.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with the zeal to follow in the path of peace!
May your weekend be filled with His love and mercy

FrJoseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam
Holy Angel’s Parish and St Mary’s Parish, St Albans, Vermont