Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A, 7th May 2023

‘No one can come to the Father, except through me’

In our readings this week, we continue to follow the infant church, and with them ponder the words Jesus gave us at the Last Supper.

The First Reading shows how the disciples faced the growing tension between the Greek and Hebrew traditions. After discernment and prayer, they delegate tasks.

The Psalm is one of praise for God’s word and his work. It is also a prayer of trust.

For St Peter, it is clear that Christ is the foundation; the living cornerstone for all believers. We are to set ourselves close to him. (Second Reading)

The Gospel is from Jesus’s discourse to his friends before he suffered and died. They are words of encouragement. In the light of the Resurrection, the disciples must have drawn strength from them. Jesus is with them: the Way, the Truth and the Life.

As we face this week, let us, too, keep our eyes on Jesus, even when we are concerned by all that is happening around us. May we strive to follow the Lord as the Way, in joy and hope.