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5th Sunday of Easter, Year C (19 May)

15 May 2022

First reading

Acts 14:21–27
They assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them.

Responsorial psalm

Psalm 144(145):8–13a
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Second reading

Apocalypse 21:1–5
He will wipe away all the tears from their eyes.

Gospel acclamation

John 13:34
I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.


John 13:31–35
I give you a new commandment: love one another.

Images from the Word

  • Glorify him
  • Love
  • My disciples
  • Door of faith
  • God-with-them

Liturgical notes

In proclaiming the Year of the Eucharist in 2004, St John Paul II wrote:

We cannot delude ourselves: by our mutual love and, in particular, by our concern for those in need we will be recognised as true followers of Christ. This will be the criterion by which the authenticity of our Eucharistic celebrations is judged.

Mane Nobiscum Domine, §28

Again our readings today invite us to make this examination of conscience. How do we live this criterion given us by St John Paul? Our Easter season recalls for us the glory that has been given us in baptism: to be the children of God. As we have been loved by our God, so we too must love one another.

‘O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.’

—entrance antiphon

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