Easter 6 C - Liturgy

As the Spirit reminds us of Jesus' teaching,
may the love of the Father and the Son
and the peace of our risen Lord
be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

A. The Farewell Gifts of Jesus

Every now and then you hear about an old person, aware that death is not far away, giving advice to his or her daughters and sons: When I will be gone, do this and that for your own good and happiness. Jesus' parting words are also meant for us; they are a sort of testament. Jesus is saying that if we find that elusive true peace which he alone can give, we have to love him and the Father, and also one another. We have to keep listening to the Holy Spirit reminding us of Jesus and his teachings.

Easter 6 C:: Peace I Leave with you

Michel de Verteuil
General Textual comments
In this second extract from the last discourse of Jesus we see various aspects of the spiritual life being brought out. The aspects are interconnected, but you can look at them separately if you like.

Easter 5 C - Liturgy

Greetings (See Second Reading)
God lives among his people,
he makes his home among us
in his Son Jesus Christ.
In Jesus, may he be our God-with-us.
The Lord be with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Love Is Inventive

We are often surprised because of the things people who love us do for us or give us: it amazes us how inventive love can be. Look at God, the origin of all love: he lets his own Son become one of us; Jesus astonishes us by his love for sinners, for misfits in life, for those who suffer. He gives up his life for us. And it is that inventive love which he makes the heart of our faith and our life. If we only had a bit of love like that we could make ourselves and our world all new. It is this inventive, renewing love which Jesus comes to share with us in this eucharist.

Easter 4 C: Liturgy

Greetings (See Second Reading)
The Lamb on the throne will be our shepherd
and will lead us to springs of living water.
God will wipe away all tears from our eyes.
May this Lamb of God, Jesus our Lord,
be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. I Call Them by Their Name
It is very reassuring to know that our guide or community leader knows us personally and calls us by our name. It makes us say or think: He knows me and I know him. This calls for deeper trust and loyalty and love. On the Sunday of the Good Shepherd Jesus himself reminds us how he knows us personally. At the same time the fact that we know him too, at least a bit, changes our whole life. For knowing him, we know God. We experience in him God's goodness and care and close presence in everyday life. Would that we could also be near to one another and Jesus' pastors and shepherds could be close to their people.

Easter 4 Sunday C: Good Shepherd

Michel de Verteuil
General Comments

Pope's Letters and Exhortations

Pope: "Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love,"

Pope Francis calls on the world's Catholics to support families in crisis

Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News
"Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love," is a new letter from Pope Francis on what people must do to support successful family life. (DepositPhotos)
"Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love," is a new letter from Pope Francis on what people must do to support successful family life. (DepositPhotos)
People need to nurture their relationships with family members, friends and neighbors and resist the tendency to give up or turn away from individuals in need, Pope Francis declared in a letter on family life, released Friday.
The pope explained that self-absorbed behavior threatens the family unit and harms those who rely on community support, such as people with disabilities and the elderly.
"No one can think that the weakening of the family … will prove beneficial to society as a whole," he writes in "Amoris Laetitia," which is translated in English as "The Joy of Love."

Easter 3 C - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (See Second Reading)
To the One who is sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb
be all praise, honor, glory and power.
May the Risen Lord be with you all.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Encountering The Risen Lord
Perhaps we envy the apostles for having seen and experienced Jesus after he had risen from the dead. There is no reason to be envious of them: If we have faith, we too experience him as risen, alive, present, and sharing our life. If we have faith we know he is there when we suffer mishaps and failures or when we rejoice. If we have faith, we know Jesus is there when we strengthen and encourage one another. If we have faith, we know Jesus is with us when we share a meal of friendship, and, especially and deeply, when we eat together from the table of the Eucharist. Lift up your heads and be happy: the Risen Lord is with us in life.

Easter 3 C: Do you Love me?

Introduction to the Celebration 

Chinese Doctor and American Lawyer

A Chinese Doctor can't find a job in a Hospital in the US, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside 'GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100.' An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. Lawyer: "I have lost my sense of taste." Chinese: "Nurse, bring medicine from box No. 22 and put 3 drops in patient's mouth." Lawyer: "Ugh. this is kerosene."