Theme:  Holy Spirit source of mutual love

As the early groups of Christian disciples grew and developed, they had to learn to cope with the ordinary frictions which were an inevitable aspect of inter-personal relationships. People of diverse character and background had to learn to relate to one another in mutual charity in order for Christianity to succeed. All members had to enter into the symbiosis which we call community. The Oxford English Dictionary defines symbiosis as ‘a mutual interactive relationship between two living things, usually to the advantage of both’. Today we are invited to a symbiosis which supports and sustains the Christian community. Even though before God we remain as helpless as birds in the nest, with mouths open wide to receive food, we are assured that God will never forget us.

Read more: Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B

Theme:  Unbreakable bonds         

Last week we were invited to reflect on Christ as a cornerstone and a good shepherd, this week the imagery is drawn from agrarian life referring to the vine and its branches challenging us to consider how binding is our union with Jesus. Organically bound to Christ upon whom we depend for life as branches of a vine, we are called to remain loyal so as to produce fruits.

Read more: 5th Sunday of Easter year b

Theme: Discipleship

During his earthly ministry, Jesus chose disciples out of those who believed in him basing on four common elements, namely; those willing to follow him; those who accept to convert; ready for total commitment and willingness renounce anything. Every authentic call to discipleship must necessarily result into mission and ministry. Being a disciple is manifested in witnessing what Jesus did and said cf. Acts 10:39 because witness transforms one into smart believer.

Read more: 3rd Sunday of Easter year B

‘World Vocation Sunday’ Theme: The Good Shepherd

Inspired writers did not think of God the great truths of the faith in philosophical terms but shared their experience clearly to the point of creating a lasting impression. Their bold imagination, made God of the two testaments to be alive. God speaks with human words; hears the cries of the people, sees the plight of the poor, listens and cares “God holds us like a mother holds a baby to her cheek and teaches us to walk” Hosea 11:3-4. God loves with an everlasting love that is why his involvement in human history cannot be doubted; he is the good shepherd.

Read more: 4th Sunday of Easter Year B

Theme: The Easter people

During the Easter season we relive how a young community of believers grew and miraculously developed into a viable Church because the Spirit of the risen Christ. It was this Spirit that enabled ordinarily individuals to be of one heart and mind, holding all things in common and providing for the needy. This Spirit empowered them to continue Jesus’ mission of forgiveness; strengthened their faith and sustained their efforts to devotedly keep the commandments they had been given.

Read more: 2nd Sunday of Easter Year B

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