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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Acts 11:1-18)
After Cornelius and his household were converted by Peter’s preaching, the Jerusalem church is concerned that he had associated with Gentiles. But they rejoice when he relates how clearly the Lord had directed him, and how the Gentiles had been given the Holy Spirit just like them.
The Psalmist enthusiastically calls on all the elements of both heaven and earth to praise the Lord who has created them all, animate and inanimate together. Now he has raised up a horn for his faithful people, a mighty deliverer to save them at last.
Second Reading (Revelation 21:1-6)
As part of the final scene of John’s vision, he depicts a transformed creation in which God will dwell among all humanity as his people, in a new Jerusalem. Suffering, tears, and death will be no more. They will drink of the water of life as God brings his plan of redemption to conclusion.
Gospel (John 13:31-35)
On the night before he died, Jesus speaks to his disciples of his being glorified, and of God being glorified in him. He tells them he is going where they cannot go, but they are to love one another as he has loved them: this will show others that they do, in fact, follow him.
- The plan of God will be carried out
- God is the Lord of creation and even of history itself
- The course of redemption does not follow in an obvious or straight direction
- Salvation has a universal scope and all aspects of life will be redeemed
- The transcendent love of God