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Fifth Sunday of Easter C
April 24, 2016

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

God With Us

Luke is careful to insist that mission is a matter both of getting doors slammed in your face and of finding doors mysteriously opened. Easter teaches that, in the midst of much slamming, God is the great Opener.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

God's Honor

When culprits are caught and charged, they hire attorneys for defense. In honor cultures, going to court and hiring an attorney is shameful and an admission of defeat.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Time and Eternity

I cling to this little life, its sweet goodness, its faces, laughter, and song. Embarrassing as it is to admit, a simple cold can trigger fears of mortality now too close.


from the
Early Church

Cyril of Alexandria

Christ commands us to love as he did, putting neither reputation, nor wealth, not anything whatever before love of our brothers and sisters.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

When the apostles return to the church in Syrian Antioch, they report, not what they had done, but what “God had done with them.” It was he, not their own missionary strategy, that had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.