Scripture Reflection for the
6th Sunday of Easter
by Brandon Jubar
Reading I: ACTS 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Reading II: 1 John 4:7-10
GOSPEL: John 15:9-17
Finding the Faith
Generally speaking, there are three messages that become clear in this week’s readings. First, when we get others fired up, it can revitalize us. Second, God is not very picky when it comes to accepting people. And finally, we shouldn’t be picky either. As Christians, we need to focus on building bridges, not laying down obstacles for people who are being called by Jesus!
When We Evangelize, We Are Renewed
Sometimes we forget just how incredible the Good News really is. Perhaps we were raised Catholic, graduated from a Catholic school, and still go to mass every week. When our faith becomes too routine, it’s very easy to become complacent.
But when we get out and actively share the Good News with others, their excitement can be contagious. They hear the true message of the Word for the first time and they get fired up! This, in turn, can cause us to become excited again. It’s as if by evangelizing others, we have triggered our own small renewal.
God Isn’t Always Picky
The Gospel this weekend has Jesus telling his disciples that “[it] was not you who chose me, but I who chose you.” This seemed unusual at the time because most people thought of Jesus as a prophet, yet prophets did not have the luxury of choosing their followers. Looking at this reading alone, one could conclude that God is picky!
However, a quick look back at what Peter had to say in the first reading shows us that “[in] truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” This is certainly not “picky” in any sense of the word!
Build Bridges, Not Obstacles
Some of the early Christians believed that people should be circumcised before they could be baptized as followers of Jesus. But Peter saw the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of these people and felt that they should not be denied baptism. He realized that when the grace of God is at work within people, we certainly shouldn’t put obstacles in their way.
Similarly, we should not be judgmental with people today. Who are we to say what a Christian should be like? Those are ideas that we should definitely give up. And when we see the Holy Spirit drawing someone to Christ, we shouldn’t put obstacles in the person’s way. We should be helping bridge the distance between that person and Jesus Christ. We should be doing everything in our power to help people find the faith!
How do you evangelize?
What gets you fired up about the faith?
What judgmental thoughts do you need to overcome?
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