A Reason for Hope

Readings for May 25, 2014 — Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • In the first reading, when the disciples heard the Samaritans had received baptism but had not yet received the Holy Spirit, Peter and John went down and prayed for them to receive the spirit. The Holy Spirit is incredibly important and helps to lead us on a level path. The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit help us to become better disciples. Which of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit do you feel you possess and which do you wish to improve on? How can you improve?

  • In the second reading, we are told to have an explanation ready for when someone questions our reason for hope. Often times, people may criticize you for having faith and for holding your beliefs, especially in the face of tragedy. We are told to explain our faith with “gentleness and reverence.” How do you explain your reason for hope to others? When have you experienced a time when someone questioned your faith and reason for hope? What did you say in response? What signs of hope do you see in the world around you?