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5th Easter Sunday A

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The primitive Church grew larger in territorial and numerical ways; however they were missing "hands to work”. Relying on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, the twelve apostles decided to choose some "deacons" from among the other disciples of Jesus, in order “to serve at table”. There was only one criterion of that choice: “they should be reputable men filled with the Spirit and wisdom.” In accordance with the tradition, the apostles prayed and laid hands on seven chosen brothers. So, while the apostles devoted themselves totally “to prayer and to the ministry of the word” proclaiming the Gospel everywhere, deacons began to distribute daily almsgiving, taking care about widows, sick people and the poor. Thanks to rendering more efficient this charitable work, the Church again could continue its evangelization task and amazed “even a large group of priests” who became “obedient to the faith.” In this way, there began a realization in practice, a true ideal of a community of the Church, a spiritual temple built on a living cornerstone, on Christ, where every member discovering his own talent and fulfilling his duties is a part of “a living stone of the spiritual house”. And then he can celebrate “a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Jesus Christ in today's Gospel reminds not only to his disciples that by his acting in the Church, appeared his Father as well and that everyone who receives the teaching of Jesus and follows his lifestyle is and will be a member of the Kingdom of heaven, because He is the only “way and the truth and the life” which this Kingdom becomes a reality.