Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Love one another.

We find ourselves back at the Last Supper where Jesus gives us his new commandment: to love one another. Then he explains what kind of love he means: the kind that he loves us with.

This kind of love is not wishy-washy, lovey-dovey love. It is the kind that lays down its life for the one who is loved. Notice too that Jesus tells us that this is what marks us out as his disciples, to love as he has shown us how to love. The task is impossible, but for the grace of God, the kind of grace that in the Acts of the Apostles opens to the good news to the pagans. The grace that in the Apocalypse reading reminds us that God is with us.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

Jesus said, ‘My little children, I shall not be with your much longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another.’ (John 13:33-34)

  • Reflect on being a little child of the Lord.
  • When have you felt that the Lord isn’t with you?
  • What is new about the commandment to love one another?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about being his child.

Monday.

Just I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples. (John 13:34-35)

  • How have you experienced the love of the Lord in your life.
  • Is it possible to replicate the Lord’s love towards others?
  • Do people know that you are a disciple of Jesus?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his love for you.

Tuesday.

I saw the holy city, and the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband. (Apocalypse 21:2)

  • Have you watched brides walking down the aisle? How does the image help you?
  • What would you hope for in the new Jerusalem?
  • What gifts coming down from heaven do you need?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his gifts.

Wednesday.

‘You see this city? Here God lives among men. He will make his home among them; they shall be his people, and he shall be their God; his name is God-with-them. (Apocalypse 21:3)

  • When have you felt the presence of God?
  • What does it mean to you to be part of his people?
  • Reflect of the name God-with-them.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his closeness.

Thursday.

The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures. (Psalm 144:8-9)

  • When have you felt the compassion of the Lord in your life?
  • When have you felt the kindness of the Lord?
  • Reflect on the slowness of God to anger.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his abounding love for you.

Friday

They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith. ‘We all have to experience many hardships’ they said, ‘before we enter the kingdom of God.’ In each of these churches they appointed elders, with fasting and prayers they commended them to the Lord. (Acts 14:22-23)

  • Who puts fresh heart into you?
  • What are some of the hardships you have had to experience?
  • Do you use fasting as well as prayer for important decisions?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about persevering.

Saturday

On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all the God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the pagans.  (Acts 14:27)

  • What has God done with you?
  • Who can you give your account of that to?
  • Who opened the door of you heart to faith?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about all he has done for you.
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