Sunday Reflection


Sunday Reflection from Father Anthony

5th Sunday of Easter, May 19th, 2019




I welcome you to this 5th Sunday!

Today's Gospel reading follows the prediction of Jesus' betrayal by Judas. It is a continuous teaching of Jesus to his disciples not only with his words, but with his profound actions like washing his disciples' feet. Jesus announces that the time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified in his death. This means that Jesus will suffer, die and later rise from the dead and thus be glorified. And the disciples will follow suit later. Before Jesus leaves his disciples, he addresses them as children, reminding them of how humble they ought to be and the need to serve one another! The kind of love which Jesus wants them to express is through service and sacrifice as he has done for them. This is how all will know that they are his disciples! Jesus gave his disciples a command that he knew would sustain them. Love is a characteristic of every disciple of Jesus as well as every community of faith. A Christian community is distinguished by the quality of the relationship of its members. This kind of relationship is a witness to others who would want to belong to that community. At that time, the disciples needed to know that love will make them overcome every challenge together! May we also strive to live according to Jesus' command of love!