Weekly readings May/June 2019

Second week of Eastertide

Wednesday 1 May
St Joseph the Worker

Acts 5.17-26
Psalm 33
John 3.16-21
Luke continues to paint a picture of the tension that develops between the Jewish authorities on the one hand and the Apostles on the other. He uses the word ‘jealousy’ (Greek: zelos meaning: negative zeal) which helps to give an idea of a major cause of tension. The disciples are clearly highly successful in gathering followers and frightening the Jewish authorities. Jealousy, or negative zeal, always causes division and can lead to anger in any community. This has happened between Christians and Jews and within each religion throughout the centuries (First Reading: Acts 5.17-26). At the heart of the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, we find words that are common in John’s Gospel: belief, eternal life, the world, light, darkness, truth and love. Frequently, as here, we are thrust towards the second part of the Gospel.

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Breaking the Word - Weekdays

The weekday readings can sometimes seem a little ‘bread and butter’ compared to the liturgical feast of Sunday. That said, the sustained nourishment, the ‘daily bread’ of the weekday mysteries connotes the Manna that sustained the Israelites on their journey through the desert. These readings are from the Ordo for the Archdiocese of Westminster. Tarcisius Mukuka is a lecturer in Biblical Studies & Exegesis, and Anthony Towey is the Director of the Aquinas Centre in the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.