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Out Of This World - 5th Sunday of Easter (C)

Our readings today describe a unique experience for us as disciples of Christ. If we allow Him, He wants to pull us from the world-view that we’re used to in order to see the world from a different perspective. He desires for us to see ourselves from a different perspective. As you probably noticed, our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles almost reads like a travel manual. Paul and Barnabas are on fire with the Holy Spirit and have no greater desire than to spread the message of Christ all over the place. So they’re really going from city-center to city-center and sharing the message of Christ.
The people in these cities, if you read through the Acts of the Apostles, were looking for hope in the world. And what is more hopeful than the message of Christ? But this being called out of themselves goes back to what we get in our Gospel today. In this short Gospel Jesus explains the heart of what it means to be a disciple:
            “they will know you are my disciples through your love”
And what is the translation of this word Jesus would have used? “Caritas” through your “charity”. “Through the way you will the good of the other”.

Homily for 5th Sunday of Easter (C)