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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C
Homily. Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-29; John 14:23-29.

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White Stole and Gospel
Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-29; John 14:23-29


THEME OF THE READINGS
With the establishment of the Church the focus of worship shifts from the temple (Second Reading) to Christ himself ("the Lamb") . By extension, the tabernacle becomes the new holy of holies. Guiding the members of the Church in its teaching (First Reading) and understanding (Gospel) is the Holy Spirit, the Advocate.

Doctrinal Message
With the establishment of the Church the focus of worship shifts from the temple (Second Reading) to Christ himself ("the Lamb") . By extension, the tabernacle becomes the new holy of holies. Guiding the members of the Church in its teaching (First Reading) and understanding (Gospel) is the Holy Spirit, the Advocate.

Pastoral Applications
The minimum. The precepts of the Church are "to guarantee to the faithful the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor" (CCC 2041). The precepts which bind us as Catholics are attendance at Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, confession of sins at least once a year (if there is mortal sin on the soul), reception of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season (in the U.S., from the First Sunday of Lent to Trinity Sunday), keeping holy the holy days of obligation, observance of specified days of fasting and abstinence, and to provide for the material needs of the Church.

Eucharistic etiquette
. Deepening our faith in the Eucharist involves showing it, especially at Mass. Wearing our "Sunday best," which means genuflecting reverently toward the tabernacle, and receiving Communion worthily, which all point to a fervent love for the Blessed Sacrament.

Obedience of faith. Adherence to Church teaching is an act of faith and love in Christ´s promise to be with us always. "Whoever listens to you listens to me" (Luke 10:16). Do we make an effort to keep up with papal and other magisterial teachings?
 

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